On a night Uganda gave a good account of themselves, Mohamad Salah and Ahmed Elmohamady scored for Egypt in the 2-0 win at the 2019 Total Africa cup of Nations at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday.
The result took Egypt to nine points were joined by Uganda as the other team to advance to the round of 16 on four points.
With the 4-0 drubbing over Zimbabwe, DR Congo finished third in the group on three points while the Warriors finished bottom of Group A with just one point.
The game would have a different equation, if only Faruku Miya and Abdul Lumala played more the badge and not front personal glory.
In the absence of striker Patrick Kaddu, Okwi led the line giving the Cranes a different offensive dimension all together in the early stages of the game.
Joined by Lumala as the makeshift second striker, Okwi utilised every opportunity to shoot at goal, even when it needed him to create his own space, he did.
Allan Kyambadde, Lumala and Miya all had their moments in front of the Egyptian goal but Mohamed Elshenawy was up to the task.
Kyambadde with a 25 yard shot that Elshenawy punched out for a corner, Uganda were putting the visitors in a very unfamiliar situation at the tournament.
Lumala too on two occasions forced saves out of Egypt’s number one in moments he had teammates in better positions than he did.
And the moment to pay to price arrived, after 34 minutes Hassan Wasswa fouled Salah in ‘Sala territory’ and the Liverpool man made it 1-0 from the set piece.
In the 45th minute, off a counterattack, skipper Ahmed Elmohamady doubled Egypt’s lead in a game the Cranes would have led at least by a similar margin if only they had utilised their chances.
Tables turned in the second half, Uganda looking dejected were hit by another blow when Denis Onyango was mysteriously replaced by Robert Odongkara in the 71st.
Uganda will play whoever finishes second in Group C that comprises of Algeria, Senegal Kenya and Tanzania, they complete their group games on Monday.
Uganda’s starting XI against Egypt: Denis Onyango (Robert Odongkara), Nicholas Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Timothy Awany, Hassan Wasswa, Mike Azira, Khalid Aucho (Taddeo Lwanga), Miya Faruku, Abdul Lumala, Allan Kyambadde (Kizito Luwagga), Emma Okwi
Unsed Subs: Omar Salim Magoola, Joseph Ochaya, Isaac Muleme, Bevis Mugabi, , Patrick Kaddu, Derrick Nsibambi, Ronald Mukiibi, Allan Kateregga