Uganda inch closer to qualifying for 2012 AFCON

Jun 05, 2011

Uganda moved closer to qualifying for the Orange Africa Cup of Nations for the first times in 33- years with a a 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau at Mandela National Stadium on Saturday.

Uganda had the better of the opening exchanges but it took a lucky goal by Godfrey Walusimbi in the 36th minute for Cranes to go ahead.

The left sided midfielder’s attempted cross from 40 metres caught Bissau’s keeper Jonas Azevedo Mendes off his line and landed in the net.

But there was fluke for the second goal that came on 57 minutes.

Geoffrey Massa latched onto a David Obua flicked header to round the keeper and score in the empty net to the delight of the mammoth crowd.

The visitors however had their moments after Cranes went two goals up but man of the match goalkeeper Denis Onyango denied them on both occasions to preserve his clean sheet throughout the four matches.

The South African-based keeper earned the praise of Bissau coach Luis Nonton De Matos.

 “We created chances but it was one of those days when the keeper was unbeatable,” he said.

Cranes’ Scottish coach Bobby Williamson was full of praise for his players. “It was a difficult match, but the boys kept their composure and score at the right time before and after halftime,” he said.

Morocco came out stronger with a 4-0 victory over rivals Algeria on Saturday in their 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Marrakech.

Goals from Mehdi Benatia and Marouane Chamakh in the first and Yousouff Hadji and Oussama Assaidi after the break ensured the maximum points for the Atlas Lions.

The victory, the biggest suffered by the Fennecs in recent times served a perfect revenge for the Moroccans who lost by a lone goal in the previous encounter last March.
Morocco leads the pack in Group D on seven points, with Central Africa, Algeria and Tanzania on four points apiece with two games remaining.

Namibia suffered a heavy home defeat to Burkina Faso, 4-1, to all but dent their 2012 AFCON qualification, with the Stallions set for qualification for the Gabon/Equatorial Guinea Showpiece.

The match, played on Saturday afternoon in Windhoek, saw Burkina Faso score their first goal through Abdul Razak Traore in the 13th minute after he pounced onto a loose ball after a well orchestrated move.
 In the second half, the Stallions added a second goal 13 minutes into the stanza, after Namibian striker Wermann was adjudged have handled the ball in the box from a free-kick and striker Aristide Bance slotted home to increase his sides lead.

JonathanPitroipa latched onto a great pass into the box only to be impeded by Namibian keeper Virgil Vries and South African referee Jerome Damon pointed to the spot, with 14 minutes left to play.

With Vries earning a yellow card for his crime in that incident, up-stepped Alain Traore, the scorer of three of the four Burkina Faso goals on March 26 when Faso beat Namibia 4-0 at home, and he thumped the ball into the far top corner to all but end the match as a contest.

The visitors slowed their tempo as the game approached the final stages. Namibian winger Shipahu showed more determination and expectation, as he controlled well, turned defender Bakari Kone of before he confidently took a left low shot into goal past Sanou, six minutes before the end.

In Kumasi, a spirited second half performance powered Ghana’s Black Stars to a 3-1 win over their Congolese counterparts in their 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Friday at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

Second half goals from Isaac Vorsah, Prince Tagoe and Emmanuel Agyemang Badu kept the four-time continental champions on course for a place at the 28th edition of the showpiece African football tournament. With two matches remaining, the Black Stars maintain top spot with 10 points, three points richer than Sudan, who play Swaziland on Sunday in Mbabane. 

The 2012 finals are scheduled for Gabon/ Equatorial Guinea.


Compiled from Caf