Uganda Cranes Captain Denis Onyango, Center Referee Ali Mohammed Adelaid (Comoros), 1st Assistant Referee Soulaimane Amaldine (Comoros), and 2nd Assistant Referee Said Omar Chebli (Comoros) before the match Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO
[/media-credit] L-R: Charles Lukwago, Salim Jamal and Dennis Onyango in the warm ups Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

In the aftermath of Uganda Cranes 2-0 victory on the road to Lesotho at the Setsoto Stadium in Maseru city, the team captain Denis Onyango has hailed the players, federation, Government as well as the fans (those who traveled and those who stay in Lesotho).

The Mamelodi Sundowns shot stopper was again outstanding in between the post as Uganda Cranes fetched three maximum points away to Lesotho to get within reach of the AFCON finals next year.

Twice Onyango denied left back Sello Bokang (free-kick), forwards Sera Motebang and Khutlang Tumelo from close range to keep the tea in shape.

I wish to thank the players for the exceptional team effort. Football is a collective responsibility. Special planning and preparations by FUFA right from the quality of hotels where we were staying in in Kampala to the motivation. Then, the Government offered the chartered flight to Lesotho where we arrived first then the opponents. This is really great which lifted our spirits as plans. Again, the fans who traveled, those who stay in Lesotho and South Africa as well as those who stayed back home praying for the best were all awesome.

Faruku Miya scored a brace in the first half with a stunning shot from the edge of the goal area as well as free-kick from an acute angle as Uganda carried a two goal cushion by the close of business of the first half.

In the second half, it took tactical changes to help the side maintain the lead with Isaac Muleme coming on for Allan Kateregga, Moses Waiswa taking over Faruku Miya’s place and Edrisa Lubega replacing Patrick Kaddu.

[/media-credit] Uganda Cranes Captain Denis Onyango, Center Referee Ali Mohammed Adelaid (Comoros), 1st Assistant Referee Soulaimane Amaldine (Comoros), and 2nd Assistant Referee Said Omar Chebli (Comoros) before the match Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

Onyango urges the players to keep focused as the country seeks for maximum points in the remaining two matches;

We want to finish on a high note that is by beating Cape Verde at home and winning the East African derby in Dar es salaam. We want to finish top of the group so that we are seeded in the final tournament.

[/media-credit] More Uganda Cranes fans in Lesotho join in jubilation | 2019 AFCON Qualifiers Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

After four games, Uganda has 10 points and has scored 6 goals, letting in none.

Uganda Cranes will return to action next month, on 16th November 2018 against Cape Verde at the Mandela National Stadium.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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