First Win for Uganda Over Egypt Since 1965 in Africa’s 2018 World Cup Qualifier

Emmanuel Okwi scored arguably the most important goal of his career that helped the Uganda Cranes with a crucial victory over Egypt 1-0 jumping to the top of World Cup qualifying Group E.

This was a game that had been keenly marked as a potential game changer of a group that also features Ghana and Congo Brazzaville, who play on Friday.

Tanzania-based forward Emmanuel Okwi scored the only goal of the game six minutes after half-time.

The 30-year-old cut into the area from the right and after some fancy footwork drove the ball low past veteran Egyptian goal keeper Essam El Hadary to give the Cranes the lead.

It is a first win for Uganda over Egypt since 1965.

Okwi first represented Uganda at senior level in 2009. He was the second top scorer at the 2010 CECAFA Cup, scoring a four goals in five matches.  The following year at the 2011 CECAFA Cup, he scored five goals and was joint top scorer alongside Rwanda’s Meddie Kagere and their captain Olivier Karekezi.

The two sides meet again in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on Tuesday.

Uganda now have seven points from three matches so far – one more than Egypt.

Ghana, who have a single point, play their third qualifier tomorrow against visiting pointless Congo Brazzaville.

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