Uganda Cranes are 90-minutes away from qualifying for the group stage of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers after beating Togo 1-0 in Lome on Thursday evening.
Youngster Farouk Miya's well taken free kick in the 39th minute goal which seemed to get a slight touch by Joseph Ochaya made the difference at the Kegue stadium.
The Cranes who lost twice to Togo in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier last year but today picked a perfect revenge in-front of the Togolese fans. Former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker Emmanuel Adebayor who is clubless watched the game from the stands.
Led by South Africa-based skipper Geoffrey Massa together with instrumental Tony Mawejje and Kahlid Aucho in the midfield, Uganda Cranes had a better command of the game especially in the second half.
Togo's Jonathan Ayite caused Ugandan defenders lots of trouble but Murushid Juuko, Dennis Iguma and Isaac Isinde were up to the task. Dennis Onyango saved Mathieu Dossevi's penalty later in the second half after Hamis Kiiza had brought down a Togo player in the box.
Miya had his other attempt hit the pole and Mawejje forced the Togolese goalkeeper Djehani into making a fine save later in the game. Togos's Alaixys Romao and Kizza (Uganda) were booked by the referee from Guinea Yakhouba Keita.
The Cranes team that traveled in a chartered flight by President Yoweri Museveni is expected to fly back on Friday.
Uganda will now need a draw on Sunday in the return leg to qualify for the group stage of the qualifiers. The DR Congo managed to get a 3-2 win over Burundi in Bujumbura.