Uganda Cranes secured qualification to next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) in style after overcoming Tanzania home and away.
In the home game played at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Saturday, the Cranes put up a spirited performance to win 3-0 and thus advancing to the final tournament 4-0 on aggregate.
Moses Waiswa, Richard Basangwa and Rogers Mato scored a goal each to guide Uganda to victory.
Coach Milutin Sredojevic made one change from the team that started away in Dar es Salaam with Derrick Ndahiro replacing Ibrahim Juma in the left back position.
Uganda started the game on a great note and troubled Tanzania’s backline.
At the quarter hour mark, Rogers Mato was brought down in the area and the referee from Djibouti did not hesitate to point to the spot.
Waiswa took the resultant penalty, sending goalkeeper Aishi Manula the wrong way to give Uganda an early lead.
Tanzania made several inroads in a bid to level matters but goalkeeper Nafian Alionzi stood tall in goal to thwart any danger.
At the start of the second stanza, the coach introduced Basangwa for Martin Kizza.
The gangly forward took only nine minutes to announce his arrival when he divided to head home Waiswa’s delivery from a free kick.
Mato put the game beyond reach in the 75th minute when he finished off a well worked build up.
Basangwa held off two defenders to find Mato on the left and the lanky forward was quick to send the ball to Karisa at the back post. The former did not shoot but instead played it back to Mato who was quick to head home sending the fans into a frenzy.
The result means Uganda qualifies for a sixth successive time to the final tournament.
The 2022 edition which was postponed to January 2023 will be staged in Algeria.
Here are some of the photos of the action today at Kitende;