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Sand Cranes World Cup dream shuttered in loss to Egypt

Uganda National Beach Soccer Team’s dream of qualifying for the World Cup was extinguished on Monday after suffering a second loss at the ongoing Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations in Mozambique.

In the final group B game played at Vankulo Arena, Egypt swept aside the Sand Cranes, winning 6-2.

The game was a decider on who takes the second position of the group given the fact that both teams had lost to Senegal who topped the group.

Egypt took the lead though an own goal scored by Ambrose Kigozi before Hossam Salama Ibrahim Hassan scored a brace.

Ismael Bahgat Abdelrazek, Hassane Hussein and Moustafa Shaaban scored the other goals for Egypt.

The consolation goals for Uganda were scored by Baker Lukooya and Brian Nkuubi.

The Sand Cranes will therefore face Malawi in the Classification game on Wednesday to determine the fifth and sixth position.

Angelo Schirinzi, Uganda Sand Cranes coach says Egypt was more superior to his charges.

“Egypt was superior. We have only four players with a very high level, but they were not good today. The learning and lessons remain. I have worked for six weeks with this team and yet I give a positive assessment of our participation in this very well organized competition.” He said.

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