Patrick Kaddu scored three as Uganda Cranes got the perfect result against Somalia to advance to the final qualifying round of the 2020 African Nations Championships on Saturday at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo.
Cranes defeated Somalia 4-1 and 7-2 on aggregate to book a date with either Burundi or South Sudan, Burundi lead the tie 2-0 on aggregate.
Cranes coach Abdallah Mubiru has been putting emphasis on being lethal in the final third throughout the training sessions.
And the impact was instant, Uganda got into the lead as early as the second minute after Kaddu was fouled in the area, he converted from 12 yards, 4-1 Cranes led on aggregate.
Despite enjoying long spells of possession, Somalia always limited the Cranes by throwing their bodies behind the ball, breaking them down became hard, but not for long.
Hamad Hussein Bay was gifted with the best chance of the day for Somalia after a brilliant buildup, he ballooned his effort in yards of space in the 32nd minute.
They were at it again but this time round, Lukwago forced Ayman Mohamed Hussein’s free kick over the bar, the resulting corner turned into Uganda’s counterattack.
Allan Okello found Kyambadde who was left with Hasaan Ibrahim Ali, the KCCA FC forward made no mistake, 2-0 Uganda led the tie and 5-1 on aggregate.
Three minutes to the break, Somalia switched off and another Cranes counterattack forced a foul on Allan Kayiwa in the area, Kaddu stepped up again and coolly made it 3-0 and 6-1 on aggregate.
Moments into the second half, Kaddu won Cranes a corner, Mustafa Kizza’s delivery was nodded home by the man of the moment, completing his hatrick and stretching the aggregate to 7-1.
With the Burundian Swallow in the stands watching and Cranes likely next opponents, the latter will need to improve on an already five star performance that got them to the next stage.
Daud Abdullahi Tubal grabbed a late consolation for Somalia after a goal keeping errors by Charles Lukwago, the goal was welcomed by wild cheers.
Cranes Starting XI: Charles Lukwago (G.K), Paul Willa, Musitafa Kizza, Mustafa Mujuzi, John Revita, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Allan Kyambadde, Muzamir Mutyaba, Henry Patrick Kaddu (Daniel Sserunkuma), Allan Okello, Allan Kayiwa (Bright Anukani)
Substitutes: James Alitho, Ashraf Mandela, Patrick Mbowa, Tom Masiko, Shafik Kagimu