Egypt 4-0 Uganda
Uganda Kobs faces an uphill task coming into the return leg of the third round for the CAF U-23 Championship qualifier after a first leg 4-0 loss to Egypt at the Al Borg El Arba stadium in Alexandria on Saturday night.
Kobs fell to an early strike from Arab Contractors’ forward, Muhammed Salem just after 9 minutes and never recovered.
The Ugandan head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic sensing danger called for the first change of the game – introducing Erisa Ssekisambu for an ineffective Tadeo Lwanga minutes after the half hour mark.
Egypt had a change themselves with Shokry Nagiub replacing goal scorer, Salim Muhammed after the latter pulled a ham string with three minutes to end of the opening half.
ENPPI winger, Ahmed Refaat replaced Anderlecht target Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ after 65 minutes.
Refaat’s impact was immediately felt as he assisted in the Young Pharoah’s goals.
Ahly duo of Ramadan Sobhy and Mahmoud Trezeguet combined for the second.
John Ssemazzi was later introduced for the towering forward Hassan Fahad Muhammed but the visitors’ quest for the break through fell on dead end.
The Pharaohs further punished the Kobs’ reluctance with another well taken strike to give the Ugandans a mountain task coming into the second leg, Saleh Gomaa chipped for Muhammed Kahraba who rounded off the advancing Salim Jamal (goalkeeper) and slotted the ball into an empty net.
The return leg shall be played after a fortnight on August 1, 2015 at Nakivubo stadium.