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One goal enough as Uganda Cranes tops Group E

CELEBRATIONS: Oloya (left) joins goal scorer Miya. PHOTO KCCAUG
CELEBRATIONS: Oloya (left) joins goal scorer Miya. PHOTOS KCCAUG

Group E

Uganda 1 Congo Brazzaville 0
Sunday
Egypt v Ghana 7pm

While many thought they should have scored more goals, Cranes captain Geoffrey Massa insists they did very well with the one shot past Congo Brazzaville.

“Like I said before the match, all we need is a win. With the one goal we got, we got the win we needed and I am very satisfied,” Massa told the press, who wanted him to explain the many chances fluffed in the 2018 World Cup qualifier at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

Uganda’s goal came early in the game, with a rampant Farouk Miya striking after a good combination with Luwagga Kizito in the 16th minute.

Belgium-based Miya beat Wolfrigon Ngobo from inside the box  after passing unlocked the Congo defence.

They did get some good chances after this, but the strikers, Massa especially, failed to find the net when it looked easier to score.

Coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic weighed in by insisting Cranes results actually speak for themselves, saying Congo Brazzaville are not walkovers and should be respected.

“Our aim was to create at least five chances, which we did. We knew we would miss some of them,” Micho said. He said thorough preparation was key to the current Cranes winning run, and said the team was still growing into the World Cup qualification matches.

To those criticizing his team despite the win, Micho said, “you have a right not to like us, but please respect us.”

He however lamented the poor turn up of fans. “I am not happy to see about 10,000 fans in the stadium to support a team that has qualified for the African Cup of Nations for the first time in a long time,” he said.

The result put Cranes top of Group E.

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Standings  P W D L F A Pts
Uganda         2   1    1  0 1 0  4
Egypt              1   1    0  0 2 1  3
Ghana           1   0   1   0 0 0  1
Congo             2   0   0  2 0 1   0

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