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Cranes defeat Somalia to take early advantage in CHAN qualifiers

Cranes players Patrick Kaddu (9) and Allan Okello (20) celebrate Uganda’s opening goal on Saturday. (PHOTOS/FUFA)

CHAN 2020 Qualifiers
Somalia 1-3 Uganda
Al Haji Hussein Guled Stadium, Djibouti
Saturday, 27-07-2019

It is advantage Uganda in the CHAN 2020 qualifiers against Somalia.

The Cranes defeated their Somalia counterparts 3-1 on Saturday in the game played at the Al Haji Hussein Guled Stadium, Djibouti.

Goals from KCCA duo of Patrick Kaddu and Mustapha Kizza put Abdallah Mubiru’s side on the way before Tadeo Lwanga capped a fine team display with a third late on.

The home side scored a consolation later through Farhan Mohamed Ahmed but it was all they smiled about on a difficult afternoon.

The Cranes were dominant throughout the first half but had to win until the 3rd minute to take the lead. After Mubiru’s side was given a penalty, Kaddu stepped up and converted for 1-0.

Uganda’s dominance continued into the second half and were rewarded four minutes past the hour mark as Kizza scored the second goal.

Cranes players celebrate Kizza’s second goal against Somali on Saturday.

With the game now won, they turned on the swagger, retaining the ball impressively and forcing Somalia to come at them.

The third inevitably came on 83 minutes thanks to former SC Villa and Vipers SC captain Tadeo Lwanga.

However, there would be no clean sheet as Ahmed pulled one back for Somalia moments later.

In the end, it was the Cranes smiling and will take the 3-1 lead into the second leg.

The two teams will square off at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo next Saturday, August 03rd in the return leg.

The Cranes now require just a draw to progress to the next round but will be highly expected to do the double over Somalia.

For Somalia, they need to defeat Uganda by two clear goals so as to go through.

The winner between the two will take on either Burundi or South Sudan in the next round.

Uganda Cranes XI Vs Somalia

Charles Lukwago (GK) (KCCA FC), Paul Willa (Vipers SC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), John Revita (Express FC), Awany Dennis Timothy (c) (KCCA FC), Lwanga Tadeo (Vipers SC), Mutyaba Muzamiru (KCCA FC), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Kaddu Patrick Henry (KCCA FC), Allan Okello (KCCA FC), Kayiwa Allan (Vipers SC)

Subs

James Alitho (URA FC), Tom Masiko (Vipers SC), Mbowa Paul Patrick (URA FC), Ibrahim Juma Sadam (KCCA FC), Kagimu Shafik Kuchi (URA FC), Serunkuma Dan Muzeyi (Vipers SC), Musitafa Mujjuzi (Proline)

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