Egypt will be without first choice goalkeeper Ahmed El Shenawy when they face Uganda Cranes on Saturday in a Group D match at the on-going 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations Afcon.
Uganda Cranes battling against Ghana in the opening match.
Egypt will be without first choice goalkeeper Ahmed El Shenawy when they face Uganda Cranes on Saturday in a Group D match at the on-going 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
The goalkeeper who was injured during Egypt's 0-0 draw with Mali was today ruled out of the entire tournament. Ihab Lehita, the team manager revealed on Thursday that the scans have revealed the presence of an hamstring strain to the goalkeeper.
Egypt might have to use the oldest player in the tournament Essam El Hadary (44 years) to start the game as the third goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy is also nursing an injury.
While Egypt battle with their injury concerns to the goalkeeping department, Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho' Sredojevic is happy he will have two players back after serving suspension in the opening match.
The Cranes lost 1-0 in their opening match against Ghana on Tuesday in the absence of defender Murushid Juuko and Khalid Aucho. “I am happy that I will have no selection worries since all my players are now eligible for the game,” he added.
Uganda who are making a return to Africa's biggest football showpiece after 39 years need a win against Egypt if they hope to improve their hopes of advancing to the knock out stage.
Sredojevic said he is happy with the response of the players ahead of the second game of the group. “It was just that one mistake in the game against Ghana. But we have settled in well now and hope to give a good account on Saturday,” he added.