Uganda breaks record, finally qualifies for Afcon


A fully packed Namboole stadium

The Ugandan football team, The Cranes, has finally made a new record in football history by qualifying for the African Cup of Nations in a longtime.

The match that kicked off Sunday evening at 5:03 p.m, saw Cranes beat rivals Comoros to dominated Group D.

Over 15,000 fans gathered at the 40,000-capacity Mandela national stadium [Namboole] and braved the rain to watch their team write history.

At 5:46 p.m, Cranes striker, Farouk Miya scored the country’s lone historic goal with the assistance of his teammate Moses Oloya.

Uganda took an early lead in the first half only to maintain it throughout the second half.


The Team that raised the country’s flag higher

Their best finish in the Africa Cup of Nations was second in 1978.

Under their Serbian manager, Milutin Sredojević, Cranes kicked off the road to Gabon 2017 with a 2-0 comfortable win at home against Botswana, followed by the narrow 1-0 victory over Comoros away in Moroni.

These were followed by a double header against Burkina Faso with Uganda losing 1-0 in Ouagadougou and drawing goal-less at home after three days.

The last outing for the Uganda Cranes was that well worked out 2-1 away victory against Botswana at the Francistown Sports Complex.

The finals of the 2017 African Cup of Nations that will be hosted by Gabon.

Team Line ups:

Uganda Cranes XI: Denis Onyango (G.K), Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Ochaya, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Jjuuko, Khalid Aucho, Tonny Mawejje, Moses Oloya, Geoffrey Massa (Captain), Farouk Miya and William Luwagga Kizito

Substitutes: Jamal Salim (G.K), Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Yunus Sentamu, Godfrey Walusimbi, Ivan Ntege, Emmanuel Okwi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda

Comoros XI:

Ali Hamada (G.K), Abdou Nadsm, Fouad Bachirou, Mohamed El Fardou, Yousseouf Mchangama, Bakar Djamel, Ahamada Kassim, Ahamadi Kombo, Ben Youssouf, Chamed Nasser, Youssouf Madi

Substitutes: Mze Ali Ancoub, Mohamed Al Kane, Cheika Houmadi, Omar Mbaranza, Ali Mmadi, Clement Daoudoo

Match Officials:

Match Commissioner: George Mwila Kasengele (Zambia)

Referee Assessor: Marcel Njipendi Kuotu (Cameroon)

Center Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)

Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (Senegal)

Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Malick Samba (Senegal)

Reserve Referee: Maguette Ndiaye (Senegal)

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