(DailyNewsUg) The 1-0 victory over Comoros on Sunday evening saw Uganda end level on 13 points with Burkina Faso, who beat Botswana 2-1, to confirm their slot at January’s Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 39 years. Uganda qualified as one of the two best second-placed teams.
It’s over. The almost 40 years of captivity are done and Uganda Cranes are back at the table of African football elites.
Excitement, almost bordering to pandemonium, welcomed the news, the well over 40,000 fans at Namboole soaking in overflowing emotions on the final whistle.
Farouk Miya’s 34th minute goal broke chains of football enslavement off Uganda’s hands, the click heard and celebrated across the country.
Some of the Cranes players sank heavily onto their resilient knees, others sobbed as they embraced each other, Micho Sredojevic and his bench soaked each other in endless hugs. The rest of the stadium partied away. Free at last!
L-R: Ministers Beti Kamya, Karooro Okurut, Janet Museveni and Nakiwala Kiyingi cheer the Cranes. PPU PHOTO
The last time Ugandans watched countrymen play at the Africa Cup of Nations, Barack Obama was 16-years-old.