Uganda “The Cranes” Qualify For Afcon 2017 After 38 Years.

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Uganda ended their 38 year wait for a place in the African Nations Cup after beating Comoros Islands in Kampala on Sunday.

A 35th-minute goal by Farouk Miya in Kampala gave them a chance to participate in the upcoming tournament despite finishing in second place in the group because of an inferior head-to-head record against Burkina Faso.

The Cranes qualified as one of the best second placed teams as Burkina Faso won group D after beating Botswana 2-1 in Quagadougou on Sunday.

Uganda last played in the Nations Cup in 1978 when they were beaten in the final by the host team Ghana.

Uganda dominated possession from the start of the game and came close to scoring quick goals but Oloya, Miya and Massa were wasteful in front of the goal.

Sixteen teams will compete at next year’s tournament, which runs from January 14 to  February 5. These teams include the 13 group winners and two best group runners-up, plus hosts Gabon.

Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Senegal and Zimbabwe had booked their places before Sunday’s matches.

 

 

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