Uganda Cranes qualify

Uganda Cranes qualify
Uganda Cranes striker Robert Ssentongo

by Andrew Oryada

Sunday Aug 03, 2014. 21:17

Cecafa giants Uganda Cranes have qualified for the Group stage of th 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

The team handled by Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic managed a 1-0 win over Mauritania in Nouakchotton Sunday evening to qualify on a 3-0 goal aggregate. Substitute Robert Ssentongo scored the sole goal after a rebound when Hamis Kiiza’s shot hit the cross bar and returned into play.

“We are very happy that despite missing some players because of club engagements we have managed to get a win in Mauritania,” Sredojevic said after the game. The Cranes will now face Guinea, Togo and the Black Stars of Ghana in the Group stages qualifiers which start in September.

Against a Mauritania side that welcomed back Zamalek’s forward Dominique Da Silva, who missed the first leg, the home side tried to press the visitors, but the Cranes defended well. While Cranes goalkeeper Robert Odonkara saved Da Silva’s effort, Mauritania’s also survived Farouk Miya’s header in the last minute of the first half.

After a goalless first half, the Mauritania Coach Patrice Neveu sent his team to look for the opening goal, but the Cranes defenders stood firm. Cranes Coach Sredojevic made a quick tactical change when he brought on Brian Majwega for the tired Brian Umony.

Later Tanzania based professional Hamis Kiiza replaced a limping Farouk Miya to beef up the Cranes attack. The home side continued to throw everything upfront, but the defense of Cranes skipper Andy Mwesigwa, Isaac Isinde, Dennis Iguma and Godfrey Walusimbi stood strong.

The hosts later had Traore Karamokho sent off for a bad foul on 84 minutes. After defender Walusimbi missing an opportunity later, substitute Ssentongo got the lone goal.

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