Phakaaathi Reporter
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30 Aug 2017
1:23 pm

Onyango warns Egypt ahead of world cup qualifier

Phakaaathi Reporter

Uganda captain Denis Onyango has warned Egypt to expect 'fireworks' when the teams meet in the 2018 World Cup qualifier in Kampala on Thursday.

Denis Onyango of Uganda (Chris Ricco/BackpagePix)

The Pharaohs edged the Cranes the last time the two sides met at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

“It’s going to be fireworks in Kampala because they know what kind of a team we are,” Onyango told BBC Sport.

“They beat us at the Afcon in the last minute of the game, I think it shows their experience, and we lost concentration at the back.

“Winning the home game will set the pace for us before we travel for the return leg in Alexandria on September 5th,” added the Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper.

Egypt currently top of Group E having registered two wins in two matches, while Uganda are second, two points adrift of the seven times African champions.

“I think we started off well against Ghana and got the result against Congo in Kampala and it’s an opportunity for us to go top of the group if we get the results against Egypt,” said Onyango.

The Cranes captain has earmarked Mohamed Salah as a big threat to Uganda.

“We know how strong they are going forward because they’ve got very good attackers who are very experienced and very quick.

“For us, we just need to be very patient at the back and avoid mistakes because they don’t need a lot of chances.

“They’re capable of scoring with the likes of Mohamed Salah, so for us it’s a challenge, but to play at the highest level we must face very difficult teams like Egypt,” concluded Onyango.