Uganda Cranes yesterday started the AFCON qualifiers with a respectable 0ne all draw against West African giants the Black Stars of Ghana. Cranes who have had a terrible away record in the last decade or so put up a superb performance to get a good result against their star studded West African counter parts.
Uganda coached by Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, opened the scoring on 45 minutes courtesy of a well worked goal by midfielder Tonny Mawejje in a group E game played at Baba Yara stadium, Kumasi on Saturday evening. The Iceland based midfielder nicely controlled Luwagga’s cross before beautifully turning on the edge of the box to send a low shot which beat Fatau Daudah and hit the back of the net.
Andre Ayew equalised for Ghana through a dubious penalty awarded by the Tunisian referee who adjudged Denis Guma to have fouled Majeed Waris in the box. Andre Ayew stepped forward and expertly sent Onyango the wrong way from 12 yards.
Although the Black stars started brightly with Majeed Waris forcing a good foot save from Denis Onyango in the fifth minute, Micho’s Cranes slowly recovered and steadied themselves to give Ghana a run for their money with Umony even hitting the base of the Ghana post.
The result means Guinea who beat Togo 2-1 on Friday now leads Group E on three points while Uganda and Ghana follow on one point with Togo is last with zero points.
Uganda plays Guinea next on Wednesday September 10 at Namboole stadium, Kampala while Ghana play Togo in the second group games.
Fatau Dauda, Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Agyemang Badu, Rabiu Mohammed, Kwadwo Asamoah, Atsu Christian, Assmoah Gyan (Captain) and Andre Ayew
Uganda Cranes XI:
Denis Onyango (GK), Denis Iguma, Godfrey Walusimbi, Savio Kabugo, Andy Mwesigwa (c), Kizito Baba, Tonny Mawejje, Moses Oloya (Hamis Kiiza), Khalid Aucho, William Luwagga (Farouq Miya) and Brian Umony (Robert Ssentongo).
Robert Odongkara (GK), Richard Kasagga, Isaac Isinde and Yunus Ssentamu.