Egypt had to wait for the dying minutes to score a crucial winner, and claim their first win, beating Uganda 1-0 on Saturday at Port-Gentil.
Substitute Abdullah El Said scored the game’s only goal a minute from time, as the Pharaohs raised their tally to four points, two shy of group leaders, Ghana who defeated Mali by a similar scoreline at the same venue. Uganda became the first team to be sent packing after conceding their second defeat of the competition.
The first half was a tale of sparse chances. Egypt may have had more possession but they struggled to create any danger. The closest they came was after 24 minutes when Mohamed Salah ran down the right side to go past his marker, yet his effort was no trouble for Uganda shot stopper Denis Onyango.