Uganda played their best football match under Micho’s second spell in their 1-0 victory over Rwanda at the Nyamirambo stadium in Kigali.
Israel based striker Fahad Bayo scored the decisive goal which was also the nation’s first in this qualifying campaign after playing to two goalless draws against Kenya and Mali.
Bayo capitalised on a poorly cleared ball by the Rwandese defence and turcked in a lose ball following a goal mouth melee with only four minutes to the compulsory half time break.
The Cranes guarded their lead into the second half but it almost crushed on resumption when a brief lapse in concentration allowed Haruna Niyonzima to shoot towards Lukwago but the former KCCA goalkeeper dealt well with the challenge on 58 minutes.
Just a minute later, Steven Mukwala wasted Uganda’s best chance of the second period when he woefully headed Isaac Muleme’s inswinging cross.
Muleme was withdrawn limping and he was replaced by Aziz Kayondo. Julius Poloto also came on for Bobos Byaruhanga at the same interval.
Vincent Mashami also responded by making a double substitution of Dennis Rukundo and Muhadjir Hakizimana to replace Fitina Omberanga and Haruna Niyonzima.
URA striker Rwothomio Cromwell earned his debut on 72 minutes after replacing goal scorer Fahad Bayo who was also visibly limping.
Yunus Sentamu and Martin Kizza rounded off Micho’s substitutions when they replaced Moses Waiswa and the impressive Steven Mukwala on 88 minutes.
Uganda’s victory puts them on course to qualifying for the playoffs and they will consolidate 1st place when they pick another 3 points over Rwanda on Sunday.