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Pictorial: The historical day at Namboole as Uganda Cranes qualified for AFCON 2017 in Gabon

AFCON 2017 QUALIFIERS (Group D Final Matches):

Uganda Cranes 1-0 Comoros

Burkina Faso 2-1 Botswana

Uganda Cranes qualified to the 2017 Total African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals on Sunday, 4th September 2016 after overcoming a resilient Comoros side 1-0 at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

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Uganda Cranes players smartly clad in the national flag colours passionately sing the Uganda anthem at Namboole

Standard Liege midfielder Farouk Miya fired into the roof of the net after 36 minutes to drive crazy the already charged over 40,000 spectators in the stands and those watching on Television.

www.fufa.co.ug captured the colourful pictures from the spectacular game that brings to an end the 38 years wait of playing at the biggest platform of African football

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Farouk Miya with a decent drive to the Comoros goal area. He was a complete thorn to the opposition on an evening blessed by earlier rains

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First lady, Janet Kataha Museveni was the chief guest on the well attended evening. She was accompanied by the State Minister of Sports Hon. Charles Bakabulindi, FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, Honanary FUFA President Lawrence Mulindwa among other dignitaries from Central Government, Kingdoms, FUFA Delegates, current and former players and the fans at large.

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Buganda Kingdom prime minister Owk. Charles Peter Mayiga flanked by the Busoga Kingdom Kyabazinga Isebantu Wilberforce Nadiope IV
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Passionate football fans enjoyed every passing minute from as early as 8 a.m till late in the night. FUFA throws a special token of appreciation to all our dear fans across the country
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Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin Sredejovic in celebrations with the players and fans
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FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo congratulated by his 2nd Vice President Darius Mugoye, FUFA Delegates and other people
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Uganda Cranes players led by defender Isaac Isinde celebrate with fans after the final whistle

Team Line ups:

Uganda Cranes XI: Denis Onyango (G.K), Nicholas Wadada, Joseph Ochaya, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Jjuuko, Khalid Aucho, Tonny Mawejje, Moses Oloya, Geoffrey Massa (Captain), Farouk Miya and William Luwagga Kizito

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Uganda Cranes XI: L-R – Back row: Joseph Ochaya, Dennis Onyango, Murushid Jjuuko, Isaac Isinde, Moses Oloya, Geofrey Massa (Captain). Front Row: William Luwagga Kizito, Nicholas Wadada, Tonny Mawejje, Farouk Miya and Aucho Khalid
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L-R: Technical bench respecting the national anthems. Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin Sredejovic, Moses Basena (Assistant coach), Fred Kajoba (Goalkeeping coach), Chrispus Muyinda (Team manager), Ronald Kisolo (Team Doctor), Ivan Ssewanyana (physician) joined by the substitute players

Substitutes: Jamal Salim (G.K), Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Yunus Sentamu, Godfrey Walusimbi, Ivan Ntege, Emmanuel Okwi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda

Comoros XI: Ali Hamada (G.K), Abdou Nadsm, Fouad Bachirou, Mohamed El Fardou, Yousseouf Mchangama, Bakar Djamel, Ahamada Kassim, Ahamadi Kombo, Ben Youssouf, Chamed Nasser, Youssouf Madi

Substitutes: Mze Ali Ancoub, Mohamed Al Kane, Cheika Houmadi, Omar Mbaranza, Ali Mmadi, Clement Daoudoo

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Uganda Cranes captain Geofrey Massa (second left) joined by the Comoros skipper Abdou Nadjim with the Senegalese match referees

Match Officials: Match Commissioner: George Mwila Kasengele (Zambia)

Referee Assessor: Marcel Njipendi Kuotu (Cameroon)

Center Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)

Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (Senegal)

Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Malick Samba (Senegal) Reserve Referee: Maguette Ndiaye (Senegal)

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L-R: Retired former FIFA referee Ronnie Kalema, Ahmed Hussein (FUFA Communications Director) and Decolas Kizza (FUFA finance manager) celebrate after the final whistle at Namboole on Sunday, 4th September 2016

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Congs Uganda Cranes, Congs FUFA #ProjectCameroon2019 #MujjeTulumbe

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