Farouk Miya became a darling of Uganda Cranes fans when he scored two beautiful goals last night at Namboole. The inform striker also scored in the first leg away at Lome-Togo four days ago to give Uganda a surprise away win to put Cranes in the driving seat ahead of last night’s game.
Last night’s return match was for the home team to complete the mission and boy did they do it in style. Just 10minutes on the clock, the Cranes struck through Captain Geoffrey Massa who controlled a perfect pass at the edge of the area to unleash an unstoppable shot past stranded Sparrows goalkeeper Djehani N’gussad to send the fans into frenzy after only 5 minutes.
As soon as the ball touched the back of the net, it was a signal for the party to kick-off as the big crowd stayed on its feet throughout the first half. Miya finished off a well worked out touch and move attack involving William Luwaga Kizito and Godfrey Walusimbi on the left flank.
Just as the entertaining first half was coming to a close, defender Joseph Ochaya sent a dangerous cross from the right which was brushed by Massa before the on-form striker Miya sent a deadly half-volley to the back of the net. Which sent the over 40,000 massive crowd to cloud 9.
With Uganda in complete control of the game and damage already done, second half was abit of a lull as the Sparrows pushed for a consolation goal but the defence stood strong.
Coach Sredojevic Micho then introduced Moses Oloya for Godfrey Walusimbi and Brian Umonyi for William Kizito Lwagga to inject in some pace. The changes brought in some urgency that also resulted into some chances that were wasted with Tonny Mawejje the guilty party.
With the West Africans failing to create anything meaningful, the home side then settled for the 3-0 win advancing to the group stage of World cup 2018 with a comfortable 4-0 aggregate win.