AFCON 2019 QUALIFIERS: Uganda Cranes Qualify
Uganda Cranes 1:0 Cape Verde (Goal: Patrick Kaddu)
Uganda qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon after beating Cape Verde 1-0 in Kampala on Saturday.
Patrick Kaddu scored the only goal in the 79 minute for the Cranes, who needed to avoid defeat to go through.
Uganda, who had spent nearly 40 years failing to qualify for the AFCON, will now contest back-to-back tournaments for the first time since 1976, 1978 in Ethiopia and Ghana respectively.
Tanzania’s Taiffa Stars can take Group L’s second spot if they win in Lesotho on Sunday.
Should they succeed in Maseru, Tanzania would celebrate only their second Nations Cup qualification – and first since 1980.
“I thank God that I scored the only goal that takes Uganda through to the Nations Cup,” said striker Kaddu, who headed home Geoffrey Walusimbi’s fine cross.
Uganda goes to 13 points in Group L, way ahead of second-placed Tanzania, who have five points, while Cape Verde have four and Lesotho two.
Uganda’s Cranes, meanwhile, did reach three tournaments in a row 1974,1976, culminating in both contesting and losing the 1978 final.
They picked up their first Nations Cup goal and point in decades when drawing with Mali at the 2017 finals – and will hope for more in Cameroon next June.
Group L concludes in March when Tanzania host Uganda and Lesotho travel to Cape Verde.
AFCON 2019 is scheduled to be hosted by cameroon.
The competition will be held from 15 June to 13 July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017 to move the Africa Cup of Nations from January/February to June/July for the first time.
It will also be the first Africa Cup of Nations expanded from 16 to 24 teams.