Week­end Foot­ball Re­view

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UGANDA ended an al­most four decade wait t for a place in the African Na­tions Cup fi­nals as Farouk Miya’s goal se­cured red a 1-0 win over the Co­moros Is­lands while Bafanaafana Bafana bowed out with whim­per.

Uganda fin­ished sec­ondnd be­hind Burk­ina Faso in their group but took one of the two places re­served for the run­ners-ups-up in the 13 qual­i­fy­ing groupss for next year’s tour­na­ment.

They last played at the Na­tions Cup in 1978 when they wereere beaten in the fi­nal by hosts Ghana.a.

A last-minute win­nern­ner from Banou Di­awara en­sureded Burk­ina topped Group D with a 2-1 home vic­tory over nine-man Botswana as they tot­tered on thehe brink of elim­i­na­tion.

Demo­cratic Repub­licc of Congo, Togo and Tu­nisia filled the other three berths de­cided on the las­tast day of the qual­i­fiers.

Ten teams had al­ready booked places af­ter the penul­ti­mate roundund of matches in June and hold­ers Cote d’Ivoire were the 11th to qual­ify ual­ify with a 1-1 draw at home to Sierra ierra Leone on Satur­day.

Togo were the oth­erer coun­try to take a run­ner­srun­ners-up berth, edg­ing out Benin and Ethiop Ethiopia, who also fin­ished on 11 points. A 5-0 home win over Dji­bouti on Sun­day en­sure­dens Togo had the bet­ter goa goal dif­fer­ence de­spite Em­manuel Ade­bayor miss­ing a penalty. Adam Lal­lanaL scored with the last kick ofo the match as Eng­land edged 10-man10 Slo­vakia 1-0 in Sam All Al­lardyce’s first game as man­ager­man­age in World Cup qual­i­fy­ingqual­i­fyin on Sun­day. De­spiteDe Slo­vakia hav­ing Mart­inMa Skr­tel sent off in the 57th minute, Al­lardyce looked­look set to be­come the first Eng­land man­ager since Bob­byBobb Rob­son in 1982 not to win his first gamegam in charge. But in the fifthfi minute of stop­page time in Tr­nava,Tr­nav Liver­pool mid­fielder Lal­lana squeezed­squee a shot be­tween Slo­vakia goal­keep­er­goalk Ma­tus Kozacik’s legs to get Engl Eng­land up and run­ning in Group F. Mean­while, Wayne RooneyRoone be­came Eng­land’s most capped out­field player whe when he was awarded his 116th cap by new man­ager S Sam Al­lardyce in Sun­day’s open­ing 2018 World Cup qual­i­fier away to Slo­vakia.

Team cap­tain Rooney, (30), sur­passes his for­mer Eng­land team-mate David Beck­ham, who was capped 115 times by his coun­try. Goal­keeper Peter Shilton, capped 125 times, holds the over­all record.

Su­per­Sport United were the only lo­cal club in ac­tion dur­ing this in­ter­na­tional week. They en­ter­tained the Ned­bank Ke Yona Team at Sin­aba Sta­dium and found the go­ing a bit tough.

“Ul­ti­mately their emerged 1-0 vic­tors with a goal from cap­tain Mario Booy­sen but coach Stu­art Bax­ter will have a lot to worry about look­ing at his at­tack.

“I think the boys did well. We were all over this team but we only went on to again con­cede a silly goal. The goal they scored - the man runs all the way from half-way up to fin­ish­ing up. They scored a goal like this when we played in Mau­ri­ta­nia.”

“This is the most dec­o­rated out­field player in Eng­land. He’s won every­thing at Man United, more or less, and at Cham­pi­ons League and do­mes­tic level.

“He holds a lot more ex­pe­ri­ence at in­ter­na­tional foot­ball than me as an in­ter­na­tional man­ager. So us­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence with a team, and play­ing as a team mem­ber, it’s not for me to say where he’s go­ing to play.” Su­per­sport.

Wayne Rooney

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