SUN 15 NOVEMBER 2015, 15:00, KAMPALA


Uganda ease into the third round

by BackPageTXT

Sun November 15, 18:03

Farouk Miya netted a brace as Uganda thrashed Togo 3-0 to secure their place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) third-round on Sunday afternoon.

The second-round second leg encounter was played at the Nelson Mandela National Stadium in Kampala.

Uganda went into the game leading 1-0 on aggregate and three goals on Sunday ensured that the Cranes emerged 4-0 winners on aggregate against a hapless Togo side.

It took only five minutes for Cranes captain and striker Geoffrey Massa to put his side in the lead much to the delight of the home crowd.

The lone striker was keeping the Sparrow Hawks defenders very busy thanks to the supply from the Cranes midfield.

Tricky Cranes attacking midfielder Farouk Miya was also tormenting the Togo defence with his skill and pace on the ball.

Miya eventually made it 2-0 to the home side in the 41st minute after a quick counter-attack following a Togolese corner-kick.

Things went from bad to worse for the Sparrow Hawks on the stroke of half-time as Miya grabbed his brace after scoring with an acrobatic kick.

The Cranes continued to pile pressure onto the Togo defence in the opening stages of the second-half in search of more goals.

Bulky striker Massa's header was cleared off the goal-line by the defence eight minutes after the restart.

Togo were awarded a free-kick in the 68th minute, and Dove Wome forced Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango into a comfortable save.

In the 75th minute, Joseph Oloya's cross was met by Tony Mawejje, who directed the ball just over the cross-bar.

The Sparrow Hawks launched late attacks in search of a consolation goal. But the Cranes defence stood firm until the referee blew the final whistle.

Uganda won 3-0 on the day and 4-0 on aggregate. The Cranes advance to the third round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF).

Uganda 3 (Massa 4', Miya 41', 45')
Togo 0

Uganda XI: Onyango, Jjuuko, Isinde, Mawejje, Ochaya, Khalid (Kizito 27'), Kizito (Umony 74'), Miya, Iguma, Walusimbi (Oloya 63'), Massa.

Togo XI: Djehani, Akakpo (Fessou 25'), Mamah, Ouro-Akoriko, Djene, Dossevi (Mawuena 69'), Nouwoklo, Gakpe, Eninful, Wome, Amevor.

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