Uganda will make their first Africa Cup of Nations appearance in 38 years after defeating Comoros 1-0 at a full capacity Mandela National Stadium, with Farouk Miya netting the winner.
The home team got off to a brighter start, mounting pressure on the Comoros outfit, who conceded four corners within the first few minutes of the game in a state of panic. The fourth corner culminated in the ball being cleared off the line by the Comoros goalkeeper from a Farouk Miya header.
Milutin Sredojevic’s side looked to deploy their height advantage, as they threw numbers forward as Uganda’s corner tally increased, but to no avail.
Denis Onyango was called into action for the first time, when Mohamed Youssouf’s shot was comfortably dealt with by the Ugadan number one. The Cranes thought they had broke the deadlock after some good interplay by Geoffrey Massa and Joseph Ochaya, but the latter’s tap-in somehow crashed against the post.
The home team’s pressure eventually paid off, when they drew first blood nine minutes from the end of the first-half through a well-taken strike by Miya, after some great work by Moses Oloya.
The second half of the game saw the home-side begin with more of attacking intent and were unlucky to not double their lead, when Massa opted to shoot inside the area – when a pass seemed the more viable option.
The Cranes became increasingly guilty of not taking their chances, which prompted Comoros to launch their own attacks, however Onyango was equal to the task.
Uganda continuously probed for the final nail in the Comoros coffin, but found goalkeeper Mahamoud Mroivili in fine form – much to the dismay of the capacity crowd.
Despite Comoros late surge, the home team held firmed to secure the victory and secure their passage into the 2017 AFCON tournament in Gabon.
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