Mwesigwa was in commanding form at Namboole and made two match-winning tackles in the second half to ensure substitute Brian Majwega and striker Geoffrey Massa’s second period goals remained unblemished.
The Cranes could have won the game with a higher margin if only with more clinical finishing. Nonetheless, they will now take a two-goal margin cushion to Nouakchott in a fortnight looking to just avoid defeat to progress to Group E, which has Ghana, Togo and Guinea.
And skipper Mwesigwa believes they are nearly there. “A win is a win,” he said, “We wanted more goals but we could convert two. I would like to say it was a fair result. If there were 10 steps, we have successfully climbed six.”
Uganda are bidding to end a 36-year jinx. The last time the Cranes appeared in the Nations Cup finals was in 1978; then 2-0 losing finalists to hosts Ghana.