Weekend Football Review
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.