Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) FC striker Patrick Kaddu rose the highest to head Uganda Cranes to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) when Uganda hosted the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde in Kampala on Saturday 17th.
Having dominated the Group L from day 1, the Cranes needed just one point to seal a second successive AFCON Qualification and this they did in style- at home to thousands of fans as they broke down the visitors in the 77th minute. They got the full share of spoils, attaining an unassailable lead at the top of Group L.
Cape Verde came into the clash needing the full share of spoils in order to edge closer to the Cranes' ten points before the clash but had to be wary as their hosts sent warning shots right from the start.
Former Gor Mahia midfielder Khalid Aucho was brought down in the very first minute of the game but Farouk Miya couldn't make the set-piece count, instead- driving it right into the Sharks wall.
Cape Verde responded through Jorge Semedo whose solo effort at the half hour mark, finding space between Isaac Muleme and Murshid Juuko but floundered at the sight of Dennis Onyango in goal for the Cranes.
The second half exhibited another close encounter at least in the opening 15, until Coach Sebastien Desabre dug into his bench.
Desabre's decision to withdraw defender Isaac Muleme for midfielder Allan Kyambadde in the 65th minutes seemed to have worked the magic as with many numbers upfront- Kaddu was briefly left wandering unmarked upfront.
12 minutes after his introduction, Kyambadde won the ball in Uganda's defensive left and had Godfrey Walusimbi for a quick one-two. The former Gor Mahia left back then delivered a pinpoint cross which was met by Kaddu for the historic goal.
The slim 1-0 win stretches Uganda's lead at the top to 13 points and with closest challengers Taifa Stars of Tanzania on 5, seal a spot in the 2019 AFCON.