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Uganda Cranes have brightened their chances of qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon after a hard fought 2-1 win away to Botswana on Saturday.

Uganda Cranes have brightened their chances of qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) after a hard fought 2-1 win away to Botswana on Saturday.

Attacking midfielder William Kizito Luwagga gave the Cranes the lead at the Francistown Stadium after controlling a well taken Tony Mawejje cross and finishing past the Botswana goalkeeper.

But goalkeeper Denis Onyango was quickly called to stop a well taken free kick three minutes later. The Cranes continued to dominant play, but the Zebras cheered on by the home crowd resorted to counter attacks.


After recess the home side returned with more anger and were lucky to find the equalizer in what looked like an off-side situation when Makgantai pounced onto a loose ball and beat Onyango from close range to make it 1-1.


But after only three minutes Khalid Aucho made it 2-1 with a neat left footed finish. The Zebras tried to fight back to find more goals but failed. Botswana had four players cautioned, while Uganda had Denis Iguma and substitute Geoffrey Walusimbi booked.


Uganda now lead Group D with 10 points before they face Comoros in Kampala in the last group game in September. On Sunday second placed Burkina Faso who have 7 points play away to Comoros in another Group D tie.


In the other game played on Saturday South Sudan handled by caretaker Ugandan coach Leo Adraa lost 3-0 to Mali in a Group C match played in Juba, while Rwanda also fell 3-2 to visiting Mozambique in a Group H match in Kigali.