Uganda end 38-year wait by qualifying for AFCON

Uganda have ended a 38-year wait for a place in the African Nations Cup finals as Farouk Miya’s goal secured a 1-0 win over the Comoros Islands in Kampala on 4th September 2016.

Uganda finished second behind Burkina Faso in group D but qualified as one of the best runners-up in the 13 qualifying groups for 2017 African Cup of Nations.

Togo were the other country to take a runners-up berth, after edging out Benin and Ethiopia, who also finished on 11 points. A 5-0 thumping of Djibouti on 4th September 2016 ensured Togo had a better goal difference.

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

Uganda took the lead on 35 minutes through Belgium-based midfielder Farouk Miya.

Miya had a shot parried by goalkeeper Ali Ahamada in a one-on one situation, but got a second chance from the rebound and fired into the net in the first-half.

The second half was intense with the home side being put under pressure by Comoros who were desperate to find an equalizer.

The Uganda cranes held onto their lead and saw off the threat of Comoros at Mandela national stadium.

Burkinafaso and Uganda join Algeria,Cameroon,Guinea-Bissau,Ivory Coast,Mali,Senegal,Zimbabwe,Gabon,Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo,Egypt ,Ghana,Morocco and Tunisia.