Uganda 1-0 Comoros: Cranes end long wait for Afcon ticket

The hosts came into the match knowing a win was enough to send them to Gabon either as winners or best runners-up
Uganda Cranes 39-year wait to take part in Afcon competition came to an end on Sunday after downing Comoros by a solitary goal at Namboole Stadium in Uganda.

The hosts came into the match knowing a win was enough to send them to Gabon either as group winners or as best runners up, considering the fact that their points tally was unmatched by other teams.

Coach Milutin Sredojević Micho went for his strongest line up, starting Khalid Aucho, Farouk Miya, and Tonny Mawejje, with Dennis Onyango starting in goal. The hosts started the match well, pinning the visitors in their own half, with incisive attacks from the midfield.

In the 11th minute, Cranes won a corner that was taken by Miya, but goalkeeper Clement Daoudou did well to deny William Luwagga who headed the ball on target. Four minutes later, the hosts again won a free-kick in a promising area after Omar Mbapandza fouled Moses Oloya, but the the ball was cleared by the defenders for a fruitless corner.

Efforts by Uganda to get an opener were rewarded in the 35th minute, as Miya did well to leave three defenders for dead, before the goalkeeper saved his initial shot, but his counterpart Geoffrey Massa was there to ensure the ball remains in the danger zone, and as the defenders desperately tried to clear it, unfortunately it fell to Miya, who hit the roof of the net.

In the second half, Comoros came back a little bit better, with captain Abdou Najim and Mohamed Ben trying to get an equalizer, but it was Uganda who missed a host of chances with Nico Wakiro and Emmanuel Okwi the main culprits. But it did not matter for the East African nation who held it to win by a solitary goal and join other elite teams from the continent in the dining hall.