Uganda has become the first team to exit the AFCON after loosing to both Egypt and Ghana.

Just when the Cranes thought that they had salvaged a point against the seven-time African champions, which would have kept them in the tournament, second-half substitute Abdallah Said broke their hearts and sent them packing.

Geofrey Massa of Uganda battles for the ball with Ahmed Hegazy of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Egypt and Uganda at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 21 January 2017.

Substitute Abdallah Said scored the decisive goal late in the match to put the Pharaohs into a strong position to join group leaders Ghana in the quarterfinals, while the Cranes have been mathematically eliminated from the tournament.

With this win, Egypt have put themselves in a strong position to qualify for the quarterfinals, while Uganda have been eliminated.

With this win, Egypt has moved into second place in the standings on four points as they finally ended their goal drought at the tournament.

Uganda will now make the trip to Oyem to face Mali as a formality, having been eliminated in the group stage of the first Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) they featured in, in almost 40 years

While, in the early game played between Ghana and Mali, Ghana withstood intense second-half pressure to beat Mali 1-0 and reach the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

The win puts Ghana into the last-eight with a game to spare, while Mali must beat Uganda to keep their hopes alive.

The Ghana skipper became his country’s all-time top scorer in the competition with eight goals, overtaking Osei Kofi. He is also the first player to score at six consecutive Nations Cup finals.