Nations Cup qualifier
Togo 1-0 Uganda
It took Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s Uganda side 96 hours to move from the top of Afcon 2015 qualifying group E summit to rock bottom thanks to double 1-0 defeats in the hands of Togos’ Sparrow Hawks in Lome.
The Togolese led by Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor’s towering self have now finally got their chances for qualification for the 2015 Afcon finals back on track .
The West Africans who lost their first two games to Guinea and Ghana have now accumulated six points while Uganda are now last with four points from a possible twelve still to play desperate powerhouses Ghana and Guinea.
Defender Serge Akakpo headed in a well taken free kick on 69 minutes to send the ball past goalkeeper Dennis Onyango. Adebayor performed better than during the match last weekend, with good runs and a willingness to get back to defend.
“We are happy to get this win and we shall work hard to try and win the next two games. We started poorly by losing two games, but we are now back on track,” said Adebayor.
The visitors, who last qualified for AFCON in 1978, will also have themselves to blame when substitute Brian Majweha shot out with only goalkeeper to beat.
Portugal based William Luwagga beat his man to cross a nice ball that Majwega failed to capitalise on.
The two sides did not create lots of scoring chances, as the defenders on either side stood firm. Cranes skipper Geoffrey Massa was kept at bay, while Adebayor was also tightly marked by Isaac Isinde and Savio Kabugo.
Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic said although they lost the game, he was satisfied with the way his players had responded. “We also had the chance to win the game here in Lome, but we did not take our chance,” added the coach.
The Cranes last qualified for the Afcon finals in 1978, while Togo have been usual participants and also participated in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Usually in the game, Confederation of African Football (CAF) took precautionary measures against the deadly Ebola and asked the players not to shake hands, they surely rubbed bodies fighting for ball possession through 90 minutes.
The match was handled by Somalia’s Hagi Yabarow Wiish together with Berhe O’Michael (1st Assistant) and Yahaya Mahamadou (2nd Assistant).