Faruku Miya scored a brace as Uganda Cranes out-muscled Lesotho Likuena (The Crocodiles) 2-0 at the Setsoto stadium in Maseru Stadium on Tuesday night.
Miya opened the scoring as early as the 5th minute with a thunderous shot after good inter-play with Allan Kateregga and Emmanuel Okwi off the right flank.
The Croatian based forward playing alongside KCCA’s Patrick Henry Kaddu added the second in the 36th minute with a superbly taken free-kick after a foul on Okwi on the left flank.
Half time ended with Uganda carrying a 2-0 goal cushion and it necessitated gallant defending from the visitors as Lesotho surged forward for at least a goal back.
Goalkeeper Dennis Onyango and the entire defence had to be alert throughout the second half with explicit defending.
In the second half, the technical team headed by Sebastien Desabre rung a couple of changes which witnessed left winger Allan Kateregga paving way for Egyptian based Isaac Muleme.
Two goal hero Miya who had been booked was replaced by Moses Waiswa and industrious Patrick Henry Kaddu was rested for Edirsa Lubega.
Uganda is now on the brink of within a point of qualification for the 2019 AFCON finals with the last two matches against Cape Verde (home) and Tanzania (away).
A large fraction of Ugandans who traveled by the chartered flight from Entebbe and those living in Lesotho cheered the Cranes from start to finish.
Tanzania overcame Cape Verde to ascend to 5 points, Cape Verde remains on 4 and Lesotho just two points off four matches.
Meanwhile the Uganda Cranes team departs Lesotho back home on Wednesday morning from Maseru Airport.
Most of the foreign based players have also returned to the respective clubs.
Uganda Cranes will return to action next month, on 16th November 2018 against Cape Verde at the Mandela National Stadium.
Uganda Cranes XI:
Denis Onyango, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Murushid Juuko, Dennis Iguma, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Khalid Aucho, Faruku Miya (75′ Moses Waiswa), Patrick Henry Kaddu (84′ Edrisa Lubega), Allan Kateregga (58′ Isaac Muleme).
Subs Not Used:
Jamal Salim, Charles Lukwago, Isaac Isinde, Timothy Denis Awanyi, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Tadeo Lwanga, Milton Karisa, Allan Kyambadde, Derrick Nsibambi.
Likano Mputhi (G.K) , Mafa Moremoholo, Sello Bokang, Basia Makepe, Nkau Lerotholi, Tsepo Toloane, Kalake Hlompho, Bereng Tsoarelo, Sera Motebang, Khutlang Tumelo, Jane Thaba Ntso.
Mohau Kuenane, Samuel Khetsekile, Tseka Kopano, Jane Tsotleho, Setho Moshoeshoe, Seakhoa Thabo, Potloane Mabuti, Nkoto Masoabi.