Uganda Cranes close to the Promised Land

first_imgCameroon 1 Nigeria 1Algeria v Zambia (2030)Nigeria 3 3 0 0 9 2 9Zambia 3 1 1 1 5 4 4Cameroon 3 0 2 1 2 6 2Algeria 3 0 1 2 3 7 1Group CIvory Coast v Gabon (1730)Mali v Morocco (1900)I. Coast 3 2 1 0 6 1 7Morocco 3 1 2 0 6 0 5Gabon 3 0 2 1 0 3 2Mali 3 0 1 2 1 9 1Group DSouth Africa v Cape Verde (1700)Burkina Faso v Senegal (1800)B. Faso 3 1 2 0 3 1 5Senegal 3 1 1 1 3 2 4S. Africa 3 1 1 1 4 4 4C. Verde 3 1 0 2 2 5 3Group ECongo Brazzaville v Ghana (1430)Egypt v Uganda (1800)Uganda 3 2 1 0 2 0 7Egypt 3 2 0 1 4 2 6Ghana 3 0 2 1 1 3 2Congo 3 0 1 2 2 4 1Note: group winners qualify for 2018 World Cup in RussiaShare on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Uganda’s head coach Moses Basena takes part in a training session with his players at Borg al-Arab Stadium near Alexandria, on September 4, 2017, on the eve of their World Cup 2018 Africa qualifier football match against Egypt. AFP PHOTOToday 9pm:  Egypt ?? vs Uganda ?? Live SuperSport  |  Congo vs Ghana 5.30pmCairo, Egypt | LOUIS JADWONG | If Uganda Cranes deny the Egyptian Pharaohs maximum points Tuesday night, they will be within reach of  the “Promised Land” of World Cup Russia 2018.After stand-in coach Moses Basena said he was the Biblical Moses, ready to lead his team to Canaan, the Uganda Cranes team dared to dream, and by the final whistle on Thursday, had beaten Egypt’s Pharaohs 1-0 to top World Cup qualifying Group E.It was Uganda’s first victory over the Egyptians since 1965, and in biblical terms, can be equated to Moses parting the waters of the Red Sea for the Israelites to cross. “I’m the Moses to lead Cranes to the Promised Land” said Basena early last week.Reaching the Promised Land as the Israelites discovered, was fraught with difficulties. That is what Cranes face at Alexandria’s Borg El Arab stadium from 9pm.In African football terms, no task is as big as playing the Egyptian Pharaohs at their own home-ground. Uganda -Egypt battles have been far between, and have mainly been friendlies but still always ended with the Pharoahs winning.Since their first meeting in 1962, a Nations Cup match that Egypt won 2-1 in Ethiopia, Uganda has faced their North African opponents 17 other times, with nine of those being friendlies. Egypt have won 13 of those, lost only two (1965 and 2017) and drawn 3.The last time Uganda visited Egypt in a competitive match was in 1995, a Nations Cup qualifying match that the Pharaohs won 6-0.Cranes believeThe manner of the victory against Egypt last Thursday has left Uganda Cranes believing they can cross the “River Jordan.”“We picked up a good result against Egypt. We need to build on that. It is this group that will do the job,” said Basena, flanked by Ibra Sekagya and goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba, at one of the team’s last briefings in Egypt.Basena will hope the experience of many of his players who have faced Egyptian opposition in the past year will count in this key World Cup Africa zone qualifying group match.The stadium is the same venue where goalkeeper Denis Onyango lifted the CAF Champions League with South African side Mamelodi Sundowns in 2016. The likes of striker Derrick Nsibambi helped KCCA beat Egyptian side Al Masry in April.“I know the stadium very well. It will be my second time here but I have great memories on this ground. I hope we can enjoy more great memories as Uganda Cranes on Tuesday” said Onyango on Monday.Okwi – PHOTO KCCA MEDIAHow Okwi put Uganda top of World Cup groupBasena has travelled with the entire XI that started against Egypt last Thursday, including livewire Emmanuel Okwi who scored the only goal, and Farouk Miya who has shaken off an injury.Egypt’s 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary is a doubt for the game but Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah will get a second chance after some missed chances in Kampala, and will be the main threat.The other strike options Argentine coach Hector Cuper will have are Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny and City winger Ramadan Sobhy.Egypt have not been to the World Cup since 1990 and anything other than a win Tuesday will put Cuper under immense pressure.Uganda has not been to the World Cup before. Defeat will not completely rule out their hopes, but will raise fears again that the best they can achieve is to get physically near the promised land, but like the Biblical Israelites, still need a Joshua to go all the way.SEE LIVE TWITTER FEED PG 2Group ADemocratic Republic of Congo v Tunisia (1730)Libya 1 Guinea 0Tunisia 3 3 0 0 5 1 9DR Congo 3 2 0 1 7 3 6Guinea 4 1 0 3 4 7 3Libya 4 1 0 3 3 8 3Group Blast_img read more

Girls’ golf set for a celebration in Hampshire

first_img Girls’ golf will be in for a great celebration next week when 144 leading young players head to Blackmoor Golf Club, Hampshire, in search of national titles.The English U16 and U14 girls’ championships will be played from Tuesday to Thursday, August 8-10, and have attracted an international entry from 15 countries.The players include girl international Annabell Fuller, pictured, (Roehampton, Surrey), who has just helped England win the team championship at the European Young Masters. Meanwhile, the host club will be represented by Olivia Ripiner, from England Golf’s South regional U16 squad.Blackmoor is regarded as one of the best courses in Hampshire. It was originally laid out by renowned golf architect Harry Colt, and consists of two loops of nine holes created from heathland, with fairways surrounded by heather, pine, birch and oak trees.The curtain raiser to the week will turn the focus on handicap golf when 22 young players compete in the Abraham Trophy to find England’s most improved girl golfer.They’ve all qualified on the basis of handicap reduction and will play off for the national title on Monday, August 7.Between them the Abraham Trophy finalists represent 13 counties:Buckinghamshire – Olivia Lee of Gerrards Cross; Amelia Curtis of Stoke Park.Derbyshire – Hannah Morrison of Chapel-en-le-Frith.Dorset – Sienna Birch, Louise Burke and Chloe Haesler of Broadstone.Hampshire – Ellie Mans of Barton-on-Sea; Hannah Dymott of Meon Valley.Hertfordshire – Hallie Copping-jones of Bishops Stortford.Lancashire – Emily James of Royal Lytham & St Annes.Lincolnshire – Tilly Garfoot of Spalding.Middlesex – Lucy Handley of Pinner Hill.Norfolk – Hope Neild of Royal Norwich.Northamptonshire – Ashleigh Critchley of Kettering.Surrey – Sasha Crockett of Burhill; Lottie Woad of Farnham; Alexandra Jakins and Sarah Mardani of Windlesham.Worcestershire – Lucy Buckley of Bromsgrove; Kacey Haynes and Lili Rose Hunt of Gaudet Luce.Yorkshire – Jessica Hosking of Huddersfield.Click here for more information on the Abraham TrophyClick here for more information on the English U16 and U14 girls’ championshipsImage copyright Stills Photography 3 Aug 2017 Girls’ golf set for a celebration in Hampshire last_img read more