Ochaya gives Uganda his­toric W Cup win

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

JOHANNESBURG: Uganda cel­e­brated Thurs­day a first away vic­tory in a World Cup qual­i­fier af­ter de­feat­ing Togo 1-0 in Lome through a first-half Joseph Ochaya goal. The de­fender scored at Stade Kegue with a glanc­ing header off a Farouk Miya free-kick five min­utes be­fore half-time in the first leg of a sec­ond-round tie. Uganda played 17 pre­vi­ous away qual­i­fiers since de­but­ing against Zam­bia in 1977, los­ing 15 and draw­ing two.

Out­stand­ing De­nis Onyango saved a sec­ond-half penalty from France-born Mathieu Dos­sevi to de­prive the home team of an equaliser. By keep­ing a clean sheet, the South Africa-based goal­keeper en­sured Uganda did not con­cede a goal in an away World Cup qual­i­fier for only the sec­ond time. Uganda could have won more con­vinc­ingly in the west African city as Miya was foiled by the wood­work and Brian Umony and Cae­sar Okhuti wasted good chances. Lack­lus­tre Togo sorely missed un­avail­able star striker Em­manuel Ade­bayor, who watched from the main stand wear­ing a scarf com­prised of the na­tional colours.

The 31-year-old for­mer African Foot­baller of the Year was re­leased by Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur two months ago af­ter making only 13 Premier League ap­pear­ances last sea­son.

Yan­nick Bo­lasie, whose goal last week­end helped Crys­tal Palace in­flict a first de­feat on new Liver­pool man­ager Jurgen Klopp, was on tar­get again as the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo tri­umphed 3-2 in Bu­rundi. The winger put the visi­tors ahead af­ter five min­utes as tor­ren­tial rain turned much of the Stade Prince Louis Rwa­ga­sore pitch in Bujumbura into mini-lakes.

A Cedric Amissi brace nudged the Bu­run­di­ans ahead be­fore a couple of late goals from Qatar-based Firmin Ndombe Mubele swung the match back in favour of the Con­golese.

Morocco, whose last of four World Cup ap­pear­ances was 17 years ago in France, over­came Equa­to­rial Guinea 2-0 at Grand Stade d’Agadir in the southern coastal city. Youssef El Arabi put the At­las Li­ons ahead on the half hour and Yacine Bam­mou struck mid­way through the sec­ond half. — AFP

PETERS­BURG: In this Satur­day, July 25, 2015 file photo UEFA Pres­i­dent Michel Pla­tini, left, FIFA vice pres­i­dent An­gel Maria Vil­lar Llona at­tend the pre­lim­i­nary draw for the 2018 soc­cer World Cup in Kon­stantin Palace in St. Peters­burg, Rus­sia. The ad­ju­di­ca­tory cham­ber of FIFA’s Ethics Com­mit­tee yes­ter­day im­posed the sanc­tion of a warn­ing and a fine on Vil­lar Llona, Vice-Pres­i­dent of FIFA and Pres­i­dent of the Span­ish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. — AP

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