UGANDA Cranes planted one foot into the group stages of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, thanks to a historic 3-0 win over Togo at Mandela stadium Namboole.
Uganda 3-0 Togo (Agg: Uganda 4-0 Togo) Uganda Cranes humiliated West African giants Togo 4-0 on aggregate following a resounding 3-0 home victory at the Nelson Mandela national stadium, Kampala.
For the victory, Uganda books a berth at the group stages of the 2018 pre-group world cup qualifiers that start in 2016.
Playing like a possessed team, the Cranes were dominant from start to finish at a well-attended fixture.
Team skipper, Geofrey Massa gave the hosts a great start after a venomous strike from 20 yards eluded Djehani N’ gussad for the opener after just five minutes of the game.
The dominance continued reflected in three successive corners by the quarter hour mark.
The two sides were forced into quick changes due to injuries, Serge Akakpo paved way for Fessou Placca as midfield gem, Khalid Aucho gave way to Geofrey Kizito.
A text book move involving William Luwagga Kizito on the right was finished off by Miya after a Godfrey Walusimba’s well laid ball in the path of an on-rushing Miya for his second.
The third arrived just at the stroke of half time,from the man of the moment, Miya. Joseph Ochaya crossed before Massa headed the ball that Miya struck with a well timed half volley.
The second half witnessed Cranes return a more wasteful side as the West Africans struggled to get a footing.
Micho later introduced Moses Oloya and Brian Umony for Godfrey Walusimbi and William Luwagga Kizito respectively.
Tom Sainfiet, the Belgian born with Togo replaced Matthieu Dossevi for Kwame Mawuena.
Uganda thus qualifies with a 4-0 aggregate score.
Uganda Cranes XI Dennis Onyango (GK), Iguma Dennis, Joseph Ochaya, Murushidi Juuko, Isaac Isinde, Aucho Khalidi, Tonny Mawejje, William Luwaga Kizito, Miya Farouk, Geoffrey Massa (Capt), Godfrey Walusimbi. Subs Robert Ondgokara (GK), Salim Jamal (GK), Oloya Moses, Geoffrey Baba Kizito, Ceaser Okhuti, Umony Brian, Ivan Bukenya, Hamis Diego Kiiza