Egypt Cuts Short Uganda U-23 Qualification Journey (allAfrica.com)

Uganda Kobs have failed to qualify for the 2015 Africa U-23 Championship after falling 2-1 to Egypt in the return leg at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Saturday.

Mahmoud Abdelmonem Ablehamid Soliman’s goals in the 11th and 57 minutes were enough to give the visitors a 2-1 win to qualify on a 6-1 goal aggregate. The Egyptians won the first leg 4-0 in Alexandria.

After conceding the early goal Uganda Kobs tried to fight back and striker Junior Yunus Ssentamu had his shot parried away by the Egyptian goalkeeper after 2o minutes of play.

In the second half, the Egyptians side played a more relaxed game with lots of defending and catching Uganda on counter attacks.

Ssentamu had another missed chance for Uganda when he missed the target.

After making two changes for the Ugandan side defender Richard Kasagga had his long shot miss the target. The Egyptians soon had Ibrahim Hassan square for Soliman to tap in and make it 2-0.

After another miss by Ssentamu, skipper Farouk Miya pulled back a goal for the hosts after 75 minutes with a well taken low shot.

“This is a very important win because we have made sure we pick victories both home and away,” said Egypt’s coach Hosam El Badry after the game watched by a small crowd.

Egypt have now qualified for the 2015 CAF U-23 Championship to take place in Senegal in December. The three best teams at the African event will automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

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