Uganda’s hopes of qualifying for 2018 Fifa World Cup have suffered a setback after 0-1 loss to Egypt on Tuesday at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.
The result sees Uganda sitting at number two in the group with seven points.
However for the hosts, an early goal from Mohamed Salah gave the Pharaohs the maximum three points required to top Group E.
Egypt were quick to find the back of the net as Salah scored from a rebound in the sixth minute after goalkeeper Denis Onyango initially denied him from close range.
In the 19th minute, Ugandans began to fire on all cylinders and nearly caught their hosts napping when a good cross from the right found Derrick Nsibambi, but his header went over Essam El-Hadary’s cross bar from close range.
With three minutes to the half-hour mark, Onyango made a classy save to deny Gamal’s powerful header in the box and later blocked Raadan Sobhi’s second attempt after a great delivery from Ahmed Fathi.
Hector Cuper’s men went into half timewitha 1-0 lead.
The Cranes fought extremely hard to grab a leveller and almost grabbed one, but Nsibambi’s effort from a header lacked power and was saved by El-Hadary in the 83rd minute.
In the dying stages of the contest, Onyango became a hard nut to crack with series of incredible saves.
The triumph for Cuper’s troops allows them to return to the top spot in Group E with nine points from four matches.
Egypt: (1) 1 (Salah 6′)
Egypt: El-Hadary, Fathi, Hegazi, Rabia, Abdel-Shaf, Hamed, Elneny, El-Said (Gomaa 88′), Sobhi (Trezeguet 70′), Salah, Gamal (Mahgoub 76′)
Uganda: Onyango, Wadada, Walusimbi, Isinde, Juuko, Mawanda, Aucho, Okwi (Sserunkuma 68′), Miya, Derrick Nsibambi (Karissa 89′), Ochaya (Kizito 46′)