Miya brace propels Uganda closer to AFCON qualification

DAVID GOMBE

Farouk Miya first half brace was enough to see off Lesotho at Setsoto Stadium in Maseru. This was the third time a Ugandan scored a brace against Lesotho.

In 2006, Geoffrey Massa netted twice at Namboole and last Saturday Emmanuel Okwi punished Lesotho with two strikes.

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Desabre made three changes from the lineup that started against Lesotho at Namboole with Allan Kateregga, Patrick Kaddu and Murushid Juuko who was suspended all started. They replaced Edrisa Lubega, Joseph Ochaya and Moses Waiswa.

Miya put Cranes into an early lead in the 6th minute with a fierce strike outside the box off a Allan Kateregga assist.

Cranes XI (FUFA Media) 

Hassan Wasswa Mawanda was the first player to be booked for clattering into an opponent. Lesotho from a resulting free kick nearly equalised through Sello Bokang but Onyango was equal to the challenge.

Miya was cautioned before his second goal for overreacting as Lesotho skipper Mafa Moremoholo moments later fouled Emmanuel Okwi down the left flank.

Miya was entrusted with the responsibility and doubled Cranes lead 10 minutes to halftime with a well delivered free kick to beat Custodian Likano Mphuthi.

After the recess, the hosts were eager to make amends for their lethargic first half display. They pressed Cranes looking for inspiration but couldn’t breakdown a resilient defence.

Isaac Muleme was introduced on in the 58th minute for Allan Kateregga. At an hour mark, Lesotho penalty appeals were waved away by Comoros referee Ali Mohammed Adelaid when the ball appeared to have come off a Denis Iguma hand.

Emmanuel Okwi was also booked and will miss the contest against Cape Verde next month. Lesotho custodian Likano Mphuthi also received yellow for time wasting.

Uganda remain unbeaten, yet to concede and currently top Group L with 10 points. Desabre’s charges are only a point away from securing a place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Uganda are also five points clear of second placed Tanzania next host Cape Verde on 16th November whereas Lesotho will lock horns with Tanzania.

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