Kampala University midfielder Steven Mukwala scored just before the break to give Uganda a narrow win over Cameroon in their Second Round first leg Saturday in Kampala.
Mukwala netted the only goal on 44 minutes as the Hippos earned a first leg advantage ahead of the return next week in Yaounde.
It was visiting the 'Les Lionceaux' who made clear their intent as early as the 22nd minute, but France-based Ignatius Ganago saw his effort rattle the post to the relief of the Ugandans.
Ten minutes later, Hippos custodian Keni Saidi came to rescue to deny Cameroon danger man Moise Sakava.
With a minute to end the first stanza, the host launched an attack from the left and Robert Kitablwa put Mukwala through, and the latter made no mistake by firing past Christopher Atangana for the only goal.
After a couple of changes by either side, Mukwala nearly doubled the Hippos' lead after Frank Tumwesigye squared him, Atangana was up to task with a good save as the Hippos held on to the slim victory.
In a post-match reaction, Uganda coach Matia Lule said: We played against a strong team, but my boys knew how to manage them. We had a great time to prepare and I know the second leg will not be easy. We have the ability to eliminate them.
Uganda is a good side; although my boys failed to get an away goal I know we can overturn the result in Yaounde. Uur target is to reach the finals in Niger, Cameroon coach
Christophe Ousmanou remarked.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)