Pictures: Uganda Beats Liberia


and geneva;”>A 4th minute Tony Mawejje goal was enough to give Uganda three points against Liberia to keep alive their hopes of progressing to the next round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Etoile Du Sahel striker Emmanuel Okwi beautifully turned on a neat pass for Mawejje, who slotted the ball past advancing Sherman Nathaniel.

Portugal based Kizito Luwagga (C) is sandwiched by two Liberian defenders

With a good display in the first quarter of game, Cranes tried to press the Lone Stars, but failed to get a second goal as the game went into recess with the visitors making two attempts at goal.

With Kizito Luwagga struggling with a first half knock, Micho introduced Martin Mutumba after recess and the Sweden-based forward redeemed his woeful display last June with some pleasing passes.

Liberia, watched by African legend George Weah in the stands, had defender Omega Roberts in superb form but the man who plies his club trade in Serbia was later involved in alterations with officials at the final whistle after Liberians deemed their officiating unfair, especially on 50-50 situations.

SC Victoria University skipper Dennis Guma was once more drafted into the Cranes right-back. Since Simon Masaba’s retirement early this year, Uganda has struggled to replace him .

Micho made late substitutions, bringing on Saidi Kyeyune for Geoffrey Kizito and Daniel Sserunkuma for Emmanuel Okwi to try get another goal.

Liberia also made three substitutions, Tisdell Tonia being replaced by Eddie Boakai and Berrian Herron coming on for Oliseh Sekou, who gave Denis Guma early jitters before the defender calmed the storm. But there was letting slip at the Ugandan goal.

Clubless Jaja Walusimbi turns and twists a Liberian centre-back in the WC Qualifier at Namboole Saturday

Uganda’s next qualifier is next weekend at the same venue, against Angola. This was coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic’s first win in two games, the other a 3-0 friendly loss to Libya. Micho replaced Bobby Williamson three weeks ago.

Liberia and Angola remain on four points while Uganda moves to second on five points from four games.

Cyprus based Geofrey Massa goes for a low header

Uganda Cranes Captain Andrew Mwesigwa salutes the fans after the 1-0 victory over Liberia’s Lone Stars


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