An elegant finish from Tony Mawejje helped Uganda beat Liberia’s Lone Star 1-0 to make their first win of the Fifa Africa World Cup Qualifiers campaign.
The road to Brazil, though still complex and demanding, got brighter for the Cranes after the midfielder Mawejje’s right white boot gave the hosts an early lead inside just five minutes.
The result lifts Uganda from bottom of Group J to second with five points from four games but with a thirsty goal difference of -1 following 1-all draws with away in Angola and to Senegal at home just before a 2-0 loss on visit to Liberia back in March.
The win, a much deserved one to thrive Cranes’ wings to South America, was orchestrated as early as the first minute.
Striker Emmanuel Okwi dazzled past a defender to set for forward Geoffrey Massa whose header was saved by Nathaniel Sherman.
When Liberia tried to have a feel of the ball in the opponents’ half, Uganda’s midfielder Geoffrey Kizito got hold of the ball, sending it wide to Okwi on the left.
He paced up to run past an opponent before making a sweet daring assist to break through to Mawejje who tapped to give the home fans a worthy stay at the Cranes’ fortress.
While the Cranes kept on searching for another to clear the goal deficit, Liberia’s forwards hardly showed they had the stint to harm the Cranes defence.
Even when they looked that potent, skipper Andrew Mwesigwa and Isaac Isinde, who looked shaky at start, held their nerves to silence the ball workholics.
In the end after Chadian Adam Cordier’s final whistle, Serbian tactician Milutin Sredojevic could hug assistant Sam Timbe in sheer jubilation at the Cranes bench a seemingly pulsating battle. They both hardly took their seats at the bench, just like opposite Jericho Nagbe.
It was Micho’s first win, a perfect way to start the job in front of the home fans despite the 3-0 friendly match loss to Libya a week back.
Meanwhile, Senegal drew 1-1 with Angola thus leaving all teams with a chance of making it to the next round.
You can click here for the group J standings after round four.
Uganda Cranes Line Up:
Robert Odongkara (GK), Denis Guma, Godfrey Walusimbi, Andy Mwesigwa, Isaac Isinde, Hassan Wasswa, Geoffrey Baba Kizito (Said Kyeyune), Tony Mawejje, Kizito Luwagga (Martin Mutumba), Emmanuel Okwi (Dan Sserunkuma) and Geoffrey Massa
Liberia Line Up:
Nathaniel Sherman (GK), Lewis Theo Weeks, Jaliabah Francis, Solomon Wesse, Toure Ansu, Sekou Oliseh Jabetah, Anthony Laffor (Cpt), Krangar Zah Rahan, Omega Roberts, Foady Eddie Boakai and Patrick Wleah (Tonia Tidsell).