Substitute Paul Mucureezi netted four goals to help Uganda Cranes eject South Sudan and qualify for the next round of the 2018 Total Africa Nations Championship CHAN qualifier.
Substitute Paul Mucureezi netted four goals to help Uganda Cranes eject South Sudan and qualify for the next round of the 2018 Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier.
Coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic's team stopped South Sudan 5-1 on Saturday at the Philip Omondi Stadium to make it to the final stage of the qualifiers where they will face Rwanda.
The South Sudan team defended in numbers from kick off before the hosts took the lead after 33 minutes. Derrick Nsibambi, playing his third full match for the national team nodded the ball past South Sudan's goalkeeper Daniel Khamis Dak after a well taken cross by defender Nicholas Wadada.
Nsibambi however collided with the goalkeeper and needed medical attention before he was replaced by Mucureezi. The substitute made sure his impact was felt when he made it 2-0 after 44 minutes with a neat finish. Uganda's goalkeeper Ismeal Watenga later punched James Saeed Moga well taken shot.
In the second half Mucureezi was at it again making it 3-0 after 46 minutes. With the Uganda Cranes midfield well controlled by Muzamil Mutyaba running rings around the South Sudan team, the hosts made it 5-0 with Mucureezi getting his name on the score sheet again.
Daniel Boki Olivier netted a last minute consolation goal for South Sudan who had held Uganda to the goalless draw in the first leg in Juba last weekend.
" I am happy that the boys responded well and got the goals. It is always important to take the chances and now we wait to face Rwanda," said Uganda's coach Sredojevic who also added that he has a tough decision to make in the next 48 hours if he is to stay as national coach or join another team.
South Sudan's coach Felix Bilal Kumuyange said his team had been outplayed. "We started well, but failed to keep pace with the Ugandan team," said Kumuyange.