It’s been 38 years of trial and fail for Uganda’s football team in bid to qualify for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON). September 4th 2016 will go into Uganda’s history as the day the National Football curse was broken seeing the Uganda Cranes team qualify for the AFCON.
Ugandans burst into celebrations after Uganda Cranes beat Comoros 1-0 to book a place at the 2017 African Nations Cup in Gabon.
Namboole stadium witnessed a historical moment on Sunday for the first time since its construction. The stadium was filled beyond capacity as Uganda Cranes fans awaited for the win amidst endless cheering, the boys didn’t disappoint either when Farouk Miya scored the historical goal in the 34th minute.
The presence of Education and Sports Minister and First Lady, Janet Museveni graced the occasion, together with Kampala Minister Beti Olive Kamya, Youth and Children’s Affairs Minister Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi and Hon Mary Karooro Okurut and the Busoga Kingdom head William Wilberforce Kadhumbula Gabula Nadiope IV, Head of Land Forces Gen. Katumba Wamala among other notables.
Fans couldn’t contain their excitement when the final whistle blew , as they flooded the pitch, airlifted the players and coach with cheerful dances and endless hugging, and not forgetting the struggles with security forces who had earlier warned fans against the act of jumping on to the pitch.
Later in the evening fans stormed bars around Namboole to drink to the historical moment. Enjoy the pictorial moments.