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The chartered flight carrying the Egyptian national football team, Pharaohs to Uganda has delayed in Cairo.
Egyptian players celebrate the sole goal against Uganda during the 2017 Afcon in Gabon.

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The chartered flight carrying the Egyptian national football team, Pharaohs to Uganda has delayed in Cairo.

Uganda Cranes will host the Egyptian team on Thursday in a crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying tie at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole. The seven time African champions were expected to arrive earlier by 6pm, but the flight was delayed and will instead arrive after 10pm tonight.

But before the team left Cairo, head coach Hector Cuper said he is confident his team has what it takes to beat Uganda in Kampala. He said that he is sure confident of the abilities of his players to get maximum points in Uganda.

“The two games against Uganda are the major games for us now to make our passage to the World Cup easier,” reasoned Cuper. Instrumental player Mohamed Salah who netted one of the goals in Liverpool's 4-0 demolition of Arsenal in an English Premiership match on Sunday arrived this morning to boost the team.

The seven time African champions Egypt currently top the group after picking a 2-1 win over Congo Brazzaville and a 2-0 victory over Ghana. Uganda Cranes who are second in the group beat Congo Brazzaville 1-0 and drew goalless away with the Black Stars of Ghana.

Cuper said he has studied the Uganda team well and know how they will plan for the two games in Kampala and the return leg on September 5th in Alexandria at the Borg El-Arab Stadium. The former Inter Milan coach also said changes on the Cranes technical bench could also mean that a lot could change on the team approach.

But Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Denis Onyango has said to play at the highest level you must play against difficult teams like Egypt. “We need to work hard,” he added.

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While Uganda has never qualified for the World Cup, Egypt last made it in 1990, and hoping to end their 28-year wait with an appearance in Russia next year.

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