2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Uganda secure victory over 10-man Somalia

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Somalia 0-1 Uganda Cranes

Uganda’s National Men’s Football Team, The Cranes secured their maiden victory in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers with a 1-0 against Somalia on Tuesday evening.

The solo goal of the match was a work of art from KCCA’s Rogers Mato in a tense match played at the Berkane Municipal Stadium in Morocco.

Somalia had to labour the second half with a man less after Abdi Mohammed was sent off just minutes into the break.

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Uganda, however, did not capitalize on the advantage playing out a barren 45 minutes of the second half.

The match result presents a significant outcome for coach Paul Put, who recorded his first win since assuming the team’s leadership and a redemption from a 2-1 defeat against Guinea last Friday.

The Belgian made three changes from the team that faced Guinea, with a notable decision to grant 17-year-old Allan Oyirwoth not only a start but also his debut for the national team.

Ismail Watenga was selected to start in goal over Salim Jamal, while Elvis Bwomono was included in the starting XI as well.

The Cranes will in the next fixture face both Botswana and Algeria at Namboole in June next year.

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Starting XI; Somalia – Mustaf Yusuf, Andurizak Sheikhuna, Ibrahim Isse, Ahmed Abdi, Ahmed Isse, Ibrahim Ilyas, Yusuf Ahmed, Saadiq Elmi, Issa Yusuf Adan, Sakaria Hassan, Omar Jama

Uganda: Ismail Watenga, Elvis Bwomono, Bevis Mugabi, Halid Lwaliwa, Aziz Kayondo, Kenneth Ssemakula, Aucho Khalid, Allan Oyirwoth, Rogers Mato, Travis Mutyaba, Fahad Bayo

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