The Pharaohs of Egypt who happens to be the first African country to qualify for the World Cup in 1934, will be looking up to take on the Cranes of Uganda today at the Alexandria stadium, after losing their first-leg encounter to Uganda.
Expectations will be high in the match, as Egypt understands that they need an outright win if they must make out anything reasonable from that match. A draw will further put them behind the Cranes who will be coming to Egypt to pursue at least a draw.
Egypt will also be looking up to console their fans by qualifying for the FIFA World Cup, after losing to Cameroon in the final of the AFCON 2017 in February this year.
Uganda have gone undefeated in their last last five matches, and have also not conceded any goal in their last five matches, this gives them the chances of getting a draw in the match and will be hoping to break the Alexandria stadium jinx.
On the other hand, Egypt have gone nineteen consecutive matches without a draw, they have either won or lost, but in a match of this nature where their visitors are looking up to a draw, they cannot afford to give it.
But the last match they played against Uganda was a huge loss after Uganda broke the jinx and got their first ever win against Egypt in any competitive competition.
Uganda understands that getting a draw at the Alexandria Stadium is as good as securing the sole ticket of the group to Russia 2018, they probably would want to do that, but that can only be achieved at the expense of an Egyptian side who are hungry to qualify for the World Cup.
The last time Egypt qualified for the World Cup was the Italian 1990 World Cup, and have missed out in the last twenty-four years, despite dominating African football between 2006 to 2010.
Interestingly, Egypt have not lost any match at the Alexandria stadium their last match against Super Eagles ended 1-0 in their favour, which knocked out Nigeria from the AFCON 2017 nations cup.