Kokou Goal Sinks Uganda Cranes In 2015 Afcon Qualifier

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Striker Donou Kokou scored the lone goal to give visiting Togo team a 1-0 win over Uganda in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier played at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Saturday.

Striker Donou Kokou scored the lone goal to give visiting Togo team a 1-0 win over Uganda in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier played at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Saturday.
Kokou who had been booked earlier for a foul on Geoffrey Massa capitalized on a good cross to send a hard ground shot that beat Ugandan goalkeeper Dennis Onyango at the far post.
Togo's skipper Emmanuel Adebayor who also features for English Premier League side Tottenham only had one shot at the Ugandan goal in the first half as he played deep behind the strikers.
Uganda had two missed chances through Kizito William Luwagga and Massa in the earlier half, while substitute Emmanuel Okwi also had a missed free kick deep in Togo's box. Brian Umony's appeal for a penalty later in the second half did not pay off for Uganda as well.
Not even the presence of newly appointed Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda could help the Cranes get a positive result as the home fans left the Stadium disappointed.
The win for Togo who took part in the 2006 World Cup in Germany brightens their chances to qualify for the 2015 Afcon finals in Morocco if they can also get another win over the same side at home in Lome on Wednesday next week. Togo lost their first two games 2-1 to Guinea and 3-2 to the Black Stars of Ghana.
Adebayor told URN after the game that they are happy to get a vital away win and will hope to win again on Wednesday in Lome to brighten their chances for qualification. Cranes Coach Andrew Mwesigwa said they were disappointed as a team, but will get back and train hard for next week's way game.
It was also revealed by Fufa that the President Kaguta Museveni has offered UGX350 million to facilitate the Cranes travel to Togo. The Cranes are expected to fly out on Sunday and spend a night in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia before connecting to Lome on Monday.