Uganda through to group stage after victory in Mauritania

Uganda advanced to the group stage of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers when they secured a 3-0 aggregate win over Mauirtania on Sunday evening.

Subsitute striker Robert Sentongo was on target for the Cranes in the second leg at the Stade Olympic Stadium.
Subsitute striker Robert Sentongo was on target for the Cranes in the second leg at the Stade Olympic Stadium.

The Cranes went into the second leg with a slight advantage after they had forced a 2-0 win home in Namboole Stadium, Kampala with goals from Brian Majwega and Geoffrey Massa.

Subsitute striker Robert Sentongo was on target for the Cranes in the second leg at the Stade Olympic Stadium, Nouakchott.The Cranes will now face Togo, Guinea and Ghana in the Group qualifiers which start in September.

Zamalek’s forward Dominique Da Silva, who missed the first leg, played a pivotal role in Mauritania’s attack, but the Cranes defenders stood strong.

Uganda Cranes striker Farouk Miya also had his header saved in the last minute of the first half.

Mauritania Coach Patrice Neveu sent his team to look for the opening goal after recess, 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 up front, but the defence of Cranes skipper Andy Mwesigwa, Isaac Isinde, Dennis Iguma and Godfrey Walusimbi stood strong.

Uganda line up before kickoff. Cranes thus qualifies to join Ghana, Togo and Guinea in group E in the last phase of qualification after the win.
Uganda line up before kickoff. Cranes thus qualifies to join Ghana, Togo and Guinea in group E in the last phase of qualification after the win.

The hosts later had Traore Karamokho sent off for a bad foul on 84 minutes.

After defender Walusimbi missed an opportunity later, Ssentongo got the lone goal.

While Uganda Cranes have never been eliminated at this stage in the competition, Mauritania also had won their previous two home fixtures in the competition; 1-0 Vs Equatorial Guinea and 1-0 Mauritius.

The match officials with the two team captains prior Kick off in Mauritania. Photo/fufa.co.ug
The match officials with the two team captains prior Kick off in Mauritania. Photo/fufa.co.ug

In 2003, The Cranes won 3-0 at home against Mauritius but almost suffered a heartbreak in the return match as they needed a David Obua 112th strike after the hosts had won with a similar score line in 90 minutes

Cranes coach Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic; SC Villa coach then still remembers that Mauritius scenario and had vowed history won’t repeat itself. He was on spot.

Uganda XI: Robert Odongkara (goal Keeper), Denis Iguma, Godfrey Walusimbi, Andrew Mwesigwa (Captain), Isaac Isinde, , Geoffrey ‘Baba’Kizito, Khalid Aucho, Tonny Mawejje, Luwaga Kizito (Robert Ssentongo) Faruku Miya (Hamis Kiiza) and Brian Umony (Brian Majwega)

Unused ubs: Benjamin Ochan, Savio Kabugo, Richard Kassaga, Daniel Sserunkuma.

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