Uganda’s national football team, The Cranes, Saturday ended their friendly games ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations finals, with a win against West African giants, Ivory Coast in Abu Dhabi.
Played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, the game ended one nil in favour of Uganda after Farouk Miya converted from a spot in the 35th minute when Hassan Wasswa was pulled down during a corner.
The win could have come have come as shocker on the side of the West Africans since Uganda is seen as an underdog side, but for Cranes, a positive result was inevitable.
Coach Desabre’s men a couple of days back held Turkmenistan to a barren draw in another buildup game played at York University stadium, an indicator that the team is in high spirits for the continent’s most prestigious tourney.
Uganda is in group A alongside hosts Egypt, neighbours Democratic Republic of Congo and Southern Africa side Zimbabwe.
Egypt will host the tournament from June 21 to July 19 featuring 24 nations and the opening game will be between hosts Egypt and Tanzania.
The 32nd AFCON tournament is Uganda’s second consecutive appearance at the continent’s top most continent.
Before qualifying for the 2017 tournament held in Gabon Uganda had taken 39 years without playing in the final tourney.
In Gabon, Cranes did not come out of the first round, when they lost 1-0 to Ghana in their first match, before conceding another 1-0 defeat to Egypt.
Uganda’s last game ended in a one all stalemate against Mali.
Uganda Cranes Starting XI
Denis Onyango, Murushid Juuko, Hassan Wasswa, Godfrey Walusimbi, Bevis Mugabi, Khalid Aucho, Mike Azira, Emmanuel Okwi, Abdu Lumala, Henry Kaddu, Farouk Miya.
Ivory Coast XI
Sylvian Gbohouo, Serge Aurier, Ismeal Traore, Wifried Kanon, Doumbia Souleyman, Frank Kessie, Jean Gbamin, Jean Seri, Nicolas Pepe, Jonathan Kodjia and Max Gradel