Uganda Cranes Stop Mauritania To Qualify For Afcon Group Stage

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Uganda Cranes have qualified for the Group stage of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.

The Uganda Cranes on Sunday evening qualified for the Group stage of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.

A 1-0 away win in Mauritania was enough to see the Cranes qualify on a 3-0 goal aggregate. The Cranes will now face Togo, Guinea and Ghana in the Group qualifiers which start in September. Substitute Robert Ssentongo scored the lone goal in added time.

Zamalek’s forward Dominique Da Silva who missed the first leg played a pivotal role in Mauritania’s attack, but the Cranes defenders stood strong. Uganda Cranes striker Farouk Miya also had his header saved in the last minute of the first half.

Mauritania Coach Patrice Neveu sent his team to look for the opening goal after recess, but the Cranes defenders stood firm. Cranes Coach Sredojevic made a quick tactical change when he brought on Brian Majwega for the tired Brian Umony.

Later Tanzania based professional Hamis Kiiza replaced a limping Farouk Miya to beef up the Cranes attack. The home side continued to throw everything upfront, but the defense of Cranes skipper Andy Mwesigwa, Isaac Isinde, Dennis Iguma and Godfrey Walusimbi stood strong. The hosts later had Traore Karamokho sent off for a bad foul on 84 minutes.

The hosts later had Traore Karamokho sent off for a bad foul on 84 minutes. After defender Walusimbi missing an opportunity later, substitute Ssentongo got the lone goal.