We are halfway there – Mwesigwa

MweigwaUganda captain Andy Mwesigwa is confident their 2-0 victory over Mauritania on Saturday will help see them through to the group stage of the 2015 Nations Cup qualifiers.

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.

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