Uganda Cranes have kick started the AFCON 2017 qualification journey with a 2-0 win against Botswana at the Nelson Mandela Stadium, Namboole on Saturday.
The goals for the Cranes were scored by Geoffrey Massa and Brian Umony in the second half of the game.
Massa, the team skipper opened the scoring in the 54th minute after heading William Luwagga’s crossed ball.
Brian Umony, who plays for Ethiopian champions, St George Football Club doubled Uganda’s lead.
Umony’s goal was a result of a well crafted move started by Denis Iguma before Vipers Sports Club play maker, Farouk Miya laid the ball in Umony’s path who made no mistake from inside 10 yards.
The match was handled by FIFA referees from Tanzania.
The other group D match between Burkina Faso and Comoros was won by the West Africans through Aristide Bance’s 61st minute and a late Jonathan Zongo strike 8 minutes from time.
The match was played in the Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou.
The result means Uganda and Burkina Faso jointly lead group D.
Uganda Cranes XI:
Denis Onyango (G.K), Denis Iguma, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Richard Juuko Kasagga, Khalid Aucho, William Luwagga Kizito, Farouk Miya, Brian Umony, Geoffrey Massa, Brian Majwega
Robert Sentongo For Godfrey Walusimbi, Yunus Sentamu For Brian Umony, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda For William Luwagga Kizito
Subs Not Used: Robert Odongkara (G.K), Shafik Bakaki, Alex Kakuba, Yassar Mugerwa