June 15, 2013

Uganda Cranes ‘Peck’ Angola’s Antelopes In WC Qualifier

Tonny Mawejje was the hero of the evening on Saturday as Uganda’s football team, the Cranes came from a goal down to defeat Angola’s Antelopes 2 – 1 in the 2014 world Cup qualifier at Namboole stadium.

Tonny Mawejje (C) celebrating his winner with teammates
Tonny Mawejje (C) celebrating his winner with teammates

Angola, a team Uganda Cranes has never lost to took a stunning lead in the 56th minute through Ricardo Estevau after the game had ended in a stalemate at the end of 45 minutes.

Even though it looked like a demotivator to the home fans who had turned up in big numbers at Namboole, it however did not kill the fighting spirit of the cranes who battled on well knowing they had an outstanding home record to defend.

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Emma Okwi, a player doubtful for the game due to an injury scare, in the 80th minute went past a defender with pace on the right wing before shooting from far to beat Angola’s keeper Hugo Marques who was offline to restore parity.

The only time Uganda last won a game coming from behind was against Nigeria in 2007, winning that 2-1. And the best result after going behind was a 1-1 draw against Senegal last June.

Angola’s antelopes were shown two records when Farbricio Mafuta and the Coach were sent off.

Saturday’s result puts Cranes top of Group J with 8 points from five games before tomorrow’s match between west African nations Liberia who host the lions of Terenga, Senegal.

Uganda Cranes Fans out side Namboole Stadium before the Game
Uganda Cranes Fans out side Namboole Stadium before the Game

This win is new Coach Multin ‘Micho’s second win less than two weeks.

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