MATCH REPORT| Uganda 2-0 Mauritania: Cranes Soar Past Maghreb Giants

Africa Cup of  Nations qualifier

Second round, first leg

Uganda 2-0 Mauritania

Uganda beat Mauritania 2-0 in a 2015 Africa Cup second round, first leg qualifier at the National Stadium Namboole in Kampala Saturday evening.

Goals from Brian Majwega and Geoffrey Massa gave The Cranes a crucial first leg victory at home to take into the return leg in Nouakchott to be played during the weekend of August 2.

Massa neatly received a pass from Majwega and cleverly finished with a well taken shot to make it 2-0 after 68 minutes.
Massa neatly received a pass from Majwega and cleverly finished with a well taken shot to make it 2-0 after 68 minutes.

Kampala City Council winger Majwega midfielder gave Cranes the lead a minute after coming on at the restart of the second half capitalizing on a mistake by Mauritania’s defender Fall Yakoub who failed to cear Dennis Iguma’s hard shot. The ball bounced in the box and Majwega made no mistake scoring in the 47th minute.

Later Umony, who is making a return to the national team after over two years, made a solo run, but his shot was parried away for a corner.

Uganda registered a first leg second round victory over Mauritania in a 2015 AFCON qualifier match played Namboole on Saturday evening.
Uganda registered a first leg second round victory over Mauritania in a 2015 AFCON qualifier match played Namboole on Saturday evening.

The next chance for the dominating home side fell to Moses Oloya who failed to connect the ball past the Mauritania goalkeeper Brahim Souleimane.

Massa neatly received a pass from Majwega and cleverly finished with a well taken shot to make it 2-0 after 68 minutes.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi (2rd right) witnessed Brian Majwega and Striker, Geofrey Massa have granted Uganda a 2 goal advantage over West African nation, Mauritania at Namboole Stadium on Saturday.
Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi (2rd right) witnessed Brian Majwega and Striker, Geofrey Massa have granted Uganda a 2 goal advantage over West African nation, Mauritania at Namboole Stadium on Saturday.

Although the visitors did not really threaten the Cranes, Khalil Moulaye Ahmed showed flashes of brilliance in the game. The Mauritania team soon brough the fresh legs of Sanba El vrulauy and Samb Ahmed, but they failed to change the flow of the game.

Moses Oloya had a rather average game against Mauritania at Namboole.
Moses Oloya had a rather average game against Mauritania at Namboole.

The Cranes had struggled to put up a convincing performance lately; their last friendlies against Seychelles (1-0) and Malawi (0-0), and the last qualifier, a 1-0 win over Madagascar all having little to inspire as they struggled to beat a rather defensive Mauritanian team.

Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic played an attacking side against Mauritania introducing forwards Majwega and Emma Okwi in the 2rd half as well.
Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic played an attacking side against Mauritania introducing forwards Majwega and Emma Okwi in the 2rd half as well.

Micho is started with Dennis Onyango in goal, Denis Guma, skipper Andy Mwesigwa, Isaac Isinde, and Godfrey Walusimbi as the back four.

Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito, Moses Oloya and Farouq Miya marshaled the middle while Kizito Luwagga, Brian Umony and Geoffrey Massa completed a three-man attack.

After a goalless first half with the Cranes dominating proceedings,  Micho introduced scorer Majwega at halftime for Luwagga while Brian Umony who had five shots but only one on target for the 70 minutes he spent on the pitch was later withdrawn for Emma Okwi.

Mbabazi rallies Mwesigwa and army before kickoff at Namboole.
Mbabazi rallies Mwesigwa and army before kickoff at Namboole.

Cranes skipper Andy Mwesigwa was satisified with his teammates’ performance and emphasized they had nothing to worry about when they make the trip North for the decisive second leg.

“A win is a win. Am so satisified with what we displayed as a team in the 90 minutes,” the FC Ordabasy defender said in the post match press conference.

“The most important thing here was winning the game,” said Mwesigwa, who made a second half appearance in the friendly against Malawi but put in a full length game occasionally rushing forward to increase Uganda’s lead, adding, “The fact that we did not score abit more goals is one we should get over.

Tanzania based professional Emmanuel Okwi who needed a late fitness test to get a chance on the line-up soon replaced Umony.
Tanzania based professional Emmanuel Okwi who needed a late fitness test to get a chance on the line-up soon replaced Umony.

“We know that we need to score goals and together with the coach and our strikers, we are working on it.

If Uganda coach Micho Sredojevic draw or lose by a margin of one goal in the return leg, they will join Group E of qualification, where four-time African champions Ghana, Togo and Guinea lay in wait.

 

1 thought on “MATCH REPORT| Uganda 2-0 Mauritania: Cranes Soar Past Maghreb Giants

  1. Well done our national pride. Please keep the flag flying for us and we have great hope. Sports brings people together in happy moods. Uganda needs to encourage and motivate people in every sport. It keeps people occupied both the public and participants. Let the government give more money and support and we will be on international stage

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