Cranes Fall on Togo Sword in Lome

A 70th minute headed goal by Serge Akakpo handed home side Togo another slim 1-0 win over Uganda at Stade De Kugue in the Group E 2015 Nations cup qualifier on Wednesday evening.

In the build up to the game, sick case the Uganda Cranes players were fired up and knew what was at stake ahead of their clash with the Togolese.

FUFA officials said the Cranes, who had a two-man attack of captain Geoffrey Massa and Brian Umony, played calmly and to the instructions of their head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic in the first half as it ended goalless.

Defender Savio Kabugo made an interception in the first half as Togo star Emmanuel Adebayor thought his hard shot was going to hit the back of the net.

The Tottenham Hotspurs striker was on show again immediately after that action as he beat the Cranes defence from the right side only for midfielder Khalid Aucho to clear the ball off the line.

The second half kicked off on a high tempo with Togo making attack after attack but Kabugo and Isaac Isinde were on show again with great displays as they were protected by midfielders Tony Mawejje and Kizito Geoffrey.

Substitute Brian Majwega (on for Brian Umony) had the game’s best chance or Uganda Cranes as he was fed by LKizito Luwagga in the penalty area with just a keeper to beat but made too many touches  with the ball to allow keeper Djehani N’guissan Yao to get better of it.

The moment that decided the game came in the 70th minute as Isinde fouled the advancing Donou Kokou who scored the only goal in Namboole last Saturday.


A free kick was awarded to the Togolese with Gakpe Serge taking it for Akakpo to head in to hand the home team a 1-0.

There was virtually nothing from the Togolese the moment they took the lead but their fans were superb in the stands as they wanted another goal to kill off the pressure the Cranes were piling on them.

Baba Kizito had a long range shot saved by keeper Djehani.

Togo won 1-0 to move to six points and second on the table behind Ghana who beat Guinea 3-1.

Uganda drops to third on the table still with four points while Guinea are 4th also with same points.

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