'It's going to be war in Kampala': Uganda skipper Onyango confident ahead of Egypt clash

Ahram Online , Wednesday 30 Aug 2017

Award-winning goalkeeper Onyango leads Uganda challenge (Reuters)

Uganda captain Denis Onyango has expressed confidence ahead of two anticipated clashes against Egypt in the African qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.

The two sides will meet twice; on Thursday in Kampala and five days later in Alexandria.

"We can handle them. This is the World Cup qualifier, and every player would love to be at the World Cup," Onyango was quoted as saying by ESPN on Wednesday.

The skipper also praised the Pharaohs' England Premier League star attacking-midfielder duo in Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny.

"[Elneny and Salah] are very skilled players who bring lots of experience from their teams in England, and we must keep them under close watch," Onyango said.

"It's going to be war in Kampala because we need the three points before we travel to Egypt."

Topping Group E with six points, the Pharaohs are looking for a victory in the Ugandan capital to boost their qualification chances, while Ghana only gained one point from a possible six.

Coach Moses Basena, who has vowed to please the Ugandan fans, has announced his final squad for the game:

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Robert Odongkara (St George, Ethiopia), Ismail Watenga (Vipers), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA).

Defenders: Nicholas Wakiro Wadada (Vipers), Isaac Muleme (KCCA), Timothy Dennis Awany (KCCA), Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), Bernard Muwanga (SC Villa), Geofrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Dennis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), Paul Musamali (KCCA), Isaac Isinde (Buildcon, Zambia).

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Unattached), Geofrey Kizito (Than Quang Ninh, Vietnam), Ivan Ntege (Township Rollers, Botswana), Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA), Moses Waiswa (Vipers), Shafiq Kagimu (URA), William Luwagga Kizito (CSM Politehnica Iasi, Romania), Wasswa Hassan Mawanda (Njimeh, Lebanon), Joseph Ochaya (Lusaka Dynamos, Zambia).

Strikers: Derrick Nsibambi (KCCA), Geoffrey Sserunkuma (Buildcon, Zambia), Emmanuel Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Milton Karisa (Vipers), Farouk Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium).

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