AFCON 2019: Uganda against the Egyptian crowd

By Brian Aheebwa

Ahead of their final group game against hosts Egypt, Uganda Cranes will have to deal with the large crowd when the two sides meet at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday June 30th.

Whenever Egypt has been in action at the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations, the 70,000 capacity sitter has been filled to capacity. 

With two match days gone in group A, there’s one left which will see Egypt play against Uganda and Zimbabwe take on Democratic Republic of Congo, the latter fixture at the June 30th Stadium, still in Cairo.

Large crowds have always played a fear factor role in the game of football and it’s the above that the Cranes will face when they go head to head with the Pharaohs.

Egypt is known for possessing the ball and making tantalising attacks which attracts chants from their fans, intimidating the opposition in the process.

Having not played at the knockout stages of this competition for over 40 years, the Cranes are desperate to achieve the feat which might cost them against the largely supported Egyptian side. 

With less experience at this tournament, most of the Cranes’ players have not been engaged in games with such crowds, lack of familiarity could be a disadvantage to them.

The East African giants have four points out of two games, a win against seven time winners will ensure that they advance to the knockout stage as group A leaders. 

However a single point will also take them through but in second position on five points, while defeat and a draw between DR Congo and Zimbabwe or defeat to the latter will still confirm their status in second place.

Earning a place in the last 16 is Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre’s ultimate target, there are also more chances of Uganda going through as one of the best four 3rd placed teams. 

Despite Egypt having the largest fan base at this year’s showdown, the Cranes will have to hold down their nerves that’s if they are to record a meaningful result.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.