Uganda will have to try another time to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, as this particular time has just been confirmed impossible following Mali’s 3-0 win against Rwanda.
Mali has outrightly qualified to the play-offs as Group E’s representative after topping the table with an unassailable one point gap.
With just one more game to go, Rwanda is still bottom-placed with just a point from five games, as Kenya lie third with three points from five games.
Mali tops the group with 13 points, as Uganda in second place has nine following Thursday’s one-all draw with Kenya at Kitende, which is a four-point gap between number one and number two with only three points left to play for.
When Uganda and Mali meet on Sunday in Morocco for the final Group E game, a Cranes win will only be enough to be proud of, but will still be less to guarantee qualification.
All Thursday’s results confirm Mali’s place in the playoff round, meaning that the West Africans are just one tie away from playing in their first World Cup ever.
In the game played at the Nyamirambo Stadium on Thursday evening, Rwanda had to play up to 80 minutes with a man less as their midfielder Djihad Bizimana was sent off as early as before the 10th minute.
Bizimana was sent off for an ugly tackle in the seventh minute and the Amavubi Stars had a very hard time as Mali found it so simple to dominate the game.
Mali scored two quick goals before 30 minutes in the first half, in a space of two minutes before they later on in the second half sealed the victory.
Southampton’s Moussa Djenepo scored first for Mali in the 19th minute before Ibrahima Kone added the second. Kalifa Coulibaly in the second half (83rd minute) got the third for Mali.