By Norman Katende
Egypt 2 Uganda 0
UGANDA Cranes endured an instantly forgettable trip to Cairo for two painful reasons.
While they were battling to overcome a 2-0 friendly loss to Egypt inside the Air Force Stadium, word filtered through that one of their loyal fans had lost her dear life striving to access the friendly match venue on Monday night.
Hindu Kyomuhendo Kassim was knocked dead by a speeding vehicle just metres away as she crossed the road to gain access to the stadium.
Goals from Ahmed Eid in the first half and another from Hazem Emam after the break were enough to give coach Bob Bradley a win over the Cranes, who were due to return home late yesterday.
The Cranes had been earlier scheduled to travel to Amman, Jordan for a friendly against Iraq but the fixture was cancelled for unclear reasons.
Both sides were using the match to prepare for forthcoming crucial encounters. Egypt will face Ghana in the World Cup qualifiers playoffs in Kumasi on October 15, while Uganda is fine tuning for the African Nations Championship finals (CHAN) in 2014.
Uganda is in group B alongside, Burkina Faso, Morocco and Zimbabwe and will get their tournament underway against Burkina Faso on January 12.
But as Cranes tactician Micho Sredojevich returns to the drawing board to review his team’s performance, Cranes faithful will spend more time mourning the loss of their colleague.
How Hindu was killed
Khalid Kavuma, one of the deceased’s friends narrated that: “We did not know the stadium where the match was going to be hosted. We thought it was in central Cairo stadium which is near our place of residence but we were told very late that the match had started and was in a different place and that was the reason for the rush,” said Kavuma, who added that Kyomuhendo was a diehard fan who had never missed any Cranes match in Egypt.
She was employed as a house help by different Egyptian families. The Uganda community, students and the deceased’s employers had contributed towards flying the body to Kampala this morning.