Cuper: Egypt has a plan for Uganda

Cuper: Egypt has a plan for Uganda
30 August 2017 08:42

Egypt Coach Hector Cuper has played down the result of previous matches ahead of the Day three 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifier against Uganda away on Thursday, 31 August 2017 in Kampala.

The Pharaohs won the last encounter between the two sides, beating Uganda 1-0 at the group stage of the Total Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017 in Port Gentil.

Perched at the summit of Group E with the maximum six points, Cuper admits the Carnes who are two points of the leaders will be no pushovers, but they will have a lot to do more than enough to stop his fast-improving team.

“It will be hard game but we have a plan and hope it pays off,” Cuper told the media.

The Cranes is one of few teams yet to concede in the continental qualifiers of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia after two games, but the Argentina-born Egyptian trainer is upbeat his charges have the antidote to end the unbeaten run.

“Every game has its challenges. Uganda defends well and their goalkeeper (Denis Onyango) is good. He (Onyango) gave us hard time the last time we met but I know we shall counter every tactic they pose to us positively because we know what result we need in this game,” Cuper concluded.

The Cranes resume the campaign without former head coach, Serbian Milutin Sredojevic, who guided them to four points in the opening two games. ‘Micho’ as the Serb is fondly called severed ties with Uganda last month and is now at the helm of South African side, Orlando Pirates.

His deputy Moses Basena was promoted to the top seat, but the Uganda Football Federation has extended an invitation to former Cranes captain Ibrahim Sekagya to beef up the technical team for the double-header against Egypt.

Sekagya, 36, who enjoyed a successful spell with Austrian side Salzburg and New York Red Bulls amongst others, tells CAFOnline.com the current Cranes have it take to stop the Pharaohs on Thursday in Kampala.

“During our days, we played our part and now it’s time to serve my country in another capacity in the area of technical advice especially the mental strength. We need a positive result and I believe the boys can pick three points because they have done it before especially at home” said Sekagya, who donned the national colours between 1999 and 2011.

Uganda travels to the Alexandria to face Egypt in the reverse on Tuesday, 5 September 2017.

Fixtures
DAY THREE
Group A
31.08.2017 Conakry Guinea vs Libya
01.09.2017 Tunis Tunisia vs DR Congo

Group B
01.09.2017 Uyo Nigeria vs Cameroon
02.09.2017 Lusaka Zambia vs Algeria

Group C
01.09.2017 Rabat Morocco vs Mali
02.09.2017 Libreville Gabon vs Cote d’Ivoire

Group D
01.09.2017 Praia Cape Verde vs South Africa
02.09.2017 Dakar Senegal vs Burkina Faso

Group E
31.08.2017 Kampala Uganda vs Egypt
01.09.2017 Kumasi Ghana vs Congo

DAY FOUR
Group A
04.09.2017 Monastir Libya vs Guinea
05.09.2017 Kinshasa DR Congo vs Tunisia

Group B
04.09.2017 Yaounde Cameroon vs Nigeria
05.09.2017 Constantine Algeria vs Zambia

Group C
05.09.2017 Bamako Mali vs Morocco
05.09.2017 Bouake Cote d’Ivoire vs Gabon

Group D
05.09.2017 Durban South Africa vs Cape Verde
05.09.2017 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso vs Senegal

Group E
05.09.2017 Alexandria Egypt vs Uganda
05.09.2017 Kintele Congo vs Ghana

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