Uganda Cranes skipper Denis Masinde Onyango lauded his teammates for the great display against a high spirited Malawi Flames in their 2019 AFCON qualifier game at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Sunday.
The Cranes marked their return to Namboole after a year with no action in front of their fans with a 2-0 victory over Malawi, as they went top of Group B.
Emmanuel Okwi gave the Cranes the lead in the 26th minute, brilliantly controlling Joseph Ochaya’s long ball before smashing it home.
Fahad Bayo sealed all three points in the 66th minute, capitalizing on a defensive lapse by defender Lucky Malata to coolly finish past Brighton Munthali.
With the performance the Cranes put up on the evening, the shotstopper is convinced they deserved to pick maximum points over their opponents who did as little to trouble them.
“According to me, I believe we deserved to get maximum points at home. It wasn’t an easy game as many thought because Malawi is a good team,” Onyango told media in the post-match press conference.
“We still have a long journey but if you want to qualify for AFCON you must pick up results both home and away which we are doing and the job done so far by the lads justifies our targets of returning to AFCON.”
The Cranes face a doubleheader against neighbours South Sudan who lost to their second consecutive qualifier game, as they fell to Burkina Faso in the other Group B game.
Uganda will host South Sudan in August next year before they visit them a week later in Khartoum.