The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Campaign gave Uganda Farouk Miya, 2019 brought Patrick Kaddu, It looks like the 2021 qualification tourney just introduced Fahad Bayo.
The Vipers striker scored Cranes’ second goal as Uganda defeated Malawi 2-0 on Sunday at the Mandela National Stadium in what was Uganda’s second game, which also doubled as a home debut for head coach Johnathan McKinstry.
Bayo who had little supply capitalised on a defensive lapse before going one on one with Malawian goalkeeper Brighton Muthali and made no mistake as he calmly slotted home.
“It gives me a lot of confidence that the coach believed in me and gave me a chance, I had to work extra hard not to disappoint him and I delivered on my promise,” Bayo told www.football-256.com.
“When you are given a chance, you should be expecting all the time, you don’t get so many chances but those you get, you must bury them.”
“I didn’t get many chances but the first one I got I had to make sure I utilise it by killing it off, I will continue working hard,” Bayo added.
The current Uganda Premier League leading marksman with eight strikes who started ahead of Kaddu might have not given a good account of himself, but this goal goes a long way of exonerating him and he can only grow from strength to strength, something he owes to McKinstry.
“He is a good coach, doesn’t put players under pressure he encourages us to express ourselves and I believe that’s how a good coach should be when he doesn’t put you under pressure you also have that vigour to go and work extra hard,” he added.
Before Bayo’s goal, Emmanuel Okwi had given Uganda a first half lead when he capitalised on Joseph Ochaya’s long ball before shooting past Munthali. These goals sent Cranes top of Group B after Burkina Faso’s 2-1 win against South Sudan in Khartoum.
Uganda Cranes XI: Dennis Onyango (GK, Captain), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Bevis Mugabi, Murshid Jjuuko, Khalid Aucho (Taddeo Lwanga 82’), Mike Azira, Faruku Miya, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Fahad Bayo, William Luwagga Kizito (Allan Okello 65’)
Unused Subs: Robert Odongkara (GK), Charles Lukwago (GK), Halid Lwaliwa, William Kizito, Allan Kyambadde, Fahad Bayo, Isaac Muleme, Nico Wakiro Wadada, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Henry Patrick Kaddu