2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers
Match Day 5
Uganda 1-0 Cape Verde
Mandela National Stadium
Not many believed him and many wondered why he even started the game but the trust that coach Sebastien Desabre had in Patrick Henry Kaddu finally paid off dividends.
The KCCA FC forward scored the lone goal on Saturday as Uganda edged Cape Verde to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Kaddu headed home with twelve minutes on the clock despite having an average performance on the day.
The forward who was making his fourth appearance for the Cranes could not help it but break down to tears after scoring.
Uganda came into the game needing just one point in their final two group games to make it to the biennial continental showpiece and indeed got surplus.
Desabre made three changes from the team that won 2-0 away in Lesotho with Isaac Muleme starting ahead of Allan Kateregga while Moses Waiswa started ahead of suspended Emmanuel Okwi.
The first realistic chance of the game came at the quarter hour mark when Farouk Miya went past defender Fernando Valera but he shot direct at goalkeeper Thierry Graca.
A minute later, Kaddu laid up Khalid Aucho just outside the area but his ferocious shot was blocked.
Uganda had a penalty claim in the 24th minute turned down by the day’s referee Youssef Essrayri when Patrick Kaddu seemed to have been tripped.
Cape Verde first attempt fell to Jorge Semedo but Onyango was quick to save.
With the opening stanza ending goalless, both teams made changes in pursuit to break the deadlock.Allan Kyambadde came on for Muleme midway through the second half.
The decisive moment of the game came in the 78th minute when Kaddu ran to the near post to head home Godfrey Walusimbi’s cross to send the fans into celebrations.
The victory means Uganda moves to 13 points with a game to go against Tanzania in March next year.