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Excitement as Uganda Cranes fly to Total AFCON 2019 after home victory over Cape Verde

AFCON 2019 Qualifiers (Group L):

  • Uganda Cranes 1-0 Cape Verde

Uganda Cranes outwitted Cape Verde 1-0 in an AFCON group L qualifier played at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Saturday, November 17, 2018 to qualify for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.

Striker Patrick Henry Kaddu headed home the winning goal on the day that had a mammoth crowd.

Denis Iguma takes on a Cape Verde opponent

The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) football club player glanced home the only goal of the match in the 77th minute after a well delivered cross by Godfrey Walusimbi on the left flank.

Before the goal, Uganda Cranes had expressed the need to break the deadlock through Faruku Miya,

Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and Murushid Jjuuko got booked for Uganda and so was Cape Verde’s Luis Helder Viera Tavares.

Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV led the inspection of players accompanied by the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, State Minister of sports, Hon. Charles Bakabulindi and others

The hundreds of spectators in the terraces included the FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo, King of Tooro Kingdom Omukama Oyo Nyimbi Rukidi IV, the Buganda Kingdom Premier Katikiro Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, Stats Minister for Sports, Hon. Charles Bakabulindi, FUFA Delegates and many other people.

Uganda Cranes is now on 13 points and becomes the first country in group L to seal qualification.

Faruku Miya passes the ball during the match against Cape Verde at Namboole Stadium

This is the seventh time that Uganda has now qualified for AFCON.

Uganda first played at AFCON in 1962, then, followed the 1968, 1974, 1976, 1978 and lately 2017 editions.

Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre saluted the effort of the players, fellow staff, media, fans and the federation towards achieving the qualification feat.

“It is with great joy that Uganda Cranes has qualified for AFCON 2019. I am very happy for the achievement. It has been the effort of the entire team that includes players, fellow staff in the technical area, media, fans and FUFA” Desabre told the media in the post match press conference.

The team will depart for Nigeria in the wee hours of Sunday morning ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly match.

L-R: The match commissioner, State minister of sports Hon. Charles Bakabulindi, King Oyo, FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo and the Buganda Prime minister, Katikiro Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga

Uganda Cranes XI:

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Murushid Juuko, Hassan Wasswa, Denis Iguma, Khalid Aucho, Faruku Miya, Moses Waiswa, Patrick Henry Kaddu, Isaac Muleme


65’ Allan Kyambadde On, Isaac Muleme Out

83’ Edrisa Lubega On, Patrick Henry Kaddu Out

92’ Timothy Dennis Awany On, Faruku Miya Out

Subs Not Used:

Jamal Salim, Charles Lukwago, Joseph Ochaya, Isaac Isinde, Tadeo Lwanga, Allan Kateregga, Milton Karisa, Derrick Nsibambi

Officials: Sebastien Desabre (Head coach), Mathias Lule (Assistant coach), Fred Kajoba (Goalkeeping coach), Chrispus Muyinda (Team manager), Jerome D’Antonio (Trainer)

Cape Verde XI

Thierry Graça, Ianique Tavares, Fernando Varela, Carlos “Ponck” Rodrigues, Elvis Manuel Macedo, Jeffrey Fortes, Helder Tavares Luis Lopes Viera, Garry Mendes Rodrigues, Nuno Rocha, Ryan Mendes, Jorge Semedo


46’ Ryan Mendes Out, Heldon Ramos On

58’ Helder Luis Lopes Veira Tavares Out, Julio Tavares On

Subs Not Used:

Nivaldo Santos, Tiago Almeida, Gege, Bruno Leite, Danilson da Cruz, Emerson, Platin, Papalele Djaniny, Ricardo Gomes, Nuno da Costa

Head coach: Rui Aguas

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