Egypt, hosts for the ninth Africa Nations Soccer Cup Finals, met Uganda in the opening match of the tournament in Cairo on Friday (March 1) -- and recorded a useful 2-1 victory.
TGV Uganda playing right to left in dark shorts kick off and midfield play.
GV Egypt attack and Uganda give away corner.
GV Egypt take corner and centre forward heads fine goal.
GV Uganda attack, keeper saves long range shot.
GV Egypt take corner, heading duel in penalty area and Uganda clear.
GV Uganda attack down right wing and score to equalise.
GV Egypt kick off and move upfield.
GV Egypt attack, keeper saves lob into goalmouth.
GV Players walk off at half time.
GV Egypt attack up right wing, ball centred and scored at close range, crowd cheer.
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Background: Egypt, hosts for the ninth Africa Nations Soccer Cup Finals, met Uganda in the opening match of the tournament in Cairo on Friday (March 1) -- and recorded a useful 2-1 victory.
The competition the brought the top eight African soccer nations to Egypt to compete for a place in the finals on March 12. Friday's match was reckoned to bring together two of the strongest sides.
Urged on by a 30,000 crowd, Egypt piled on the early pressure. After five minutes, the home side forced a corner and from the kick centre forward Ali Abu Gerisha rose high above the Ugandan defence to head a fine goal.
The Ugandan side, made up mostly of Army players, showed great spirit in turning the tide of Egyptian attacks. They countered with quick thrusts up the wings, and from one of these right-wing Doka scored a well-judged equaliser, slamming the ball past the diving goalkeeper.
In the second half, Egypt regained the initiative. Ten minutes after the interval, right winger Ali Khalil hit the winning goal from close range.