THU 12 NOVEMBER 2015, 17:30, LOME


Uganda grab first-leg advantage over Togo

by Staff Reporter

Thu November 12, 20:17

Farouk Miya's second-half goal helped Uganda beat Togo for the first time in competitive matches on Thursday evening.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) second-round first leg game was played at the Stade de Kégué, in Lomé.

The Cranes slightly dominated the first-half and they deservedly took the lead five minutes before the break. In the second-half, the Sparrow Hawks failed to beat Denis Onyango in Uganda goal, who had a good game.

Uganda were the first to threaten in the 10th minute when Isaac Isinde's header was cleared off the goal-line by Togo defender Sadate Ouro-Akoriko.

In the 20 minute, Togo attacking midfielder Floyd Ayite's dangerous curling cross was well dealt with by Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango.

The visitors were awarded a free-kick just outside the Togo box and Joseph Ochaya fired it straight onto the Sparrow Hawks wall.

The deadlock was finally broken five minutes before the interval when Farouk Miya curled the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Uganda.

The Sparrow Hawks were awarded a golden opportunity to restore parity on the day from the spot-kick in the 54th minute.

Nevertheless, Uganda shot-stopper Onyango made a breathtaking stop to deny Mathieu Dossevi from the spot-kick.

It should have been 2-0 to the Cranes when Miya found some space on the edge of the Togo box in the 64th minute, and struck the upright.

Togo keeper Djehani Nguissan Yao made a late save in the 79th minute denying Mawejje as Uganda looked to seal their victory.

The match ended 1-0 in favour of Uganda. The second-leg will be played at the Nelson Mandela National Stadium in Kampala on Sunday, 15th November.

Togo 0
Uganda 1 (Miya 40')

Togo XI: Djehani, Mamah, Akakpo, Amevor, Dakonam, Romao, Ouro, Akoriko (Segbefia 46'), Dossevi, Floyd Ayité (Gakpe 68'), Atakora-J.Ayité (Fessou 46').

Uganda XI: D.Onyango, D.Guma, J.Ochaya, M.Juuko, I.Isinde, K.Aucho, T.Mawejje, Oloya (Kizito 68'), Miya, Diego (Umony 56'), Massa (Okhuti 76').

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