Magogo Concedes Defeat, Shifts Focus To World Cup Qualifiers

Uganda Cranes has failed to qualify for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations following a 1-0 away loss on the hands of Malawi at Kamuzu Stadium, Blantyre.

Uganda, who was seeking their third successive AFCON appearance, fell to a first half strike from forward Richard Mbulu. The lone strike was just enough to jolt the Flames to victory and book their AFCON ticket as Group B runners-up in the process.

Cranes huffed and puffed in search for a goal – to even the scores – as draw could see them through but their efforts were not enough.

The run-up to the do-or-die game was stained by unsavory allegations that Malawian FA had found midfielder Tadedo Lwanga had tested positive for Covid-19.

The decision was however contested by FUFA and the player was allowed to play.

“We lost fairly after authorities declared all our players Covid negative and available for Selection,” Magogo’s social media post reads in this part.

The game was officiated by Mozambique referees with Celso Arminda Alvacao the center referee flanked by Arsenio Chardreque and Olivio Adriano Saimone as first and second assist referees.

And FUFA Boss didn’t not have qualms with the game’s officiation.
“The Mozambique referees were very fair to both teams in my view. The better team on the pitch won. Congratulations to Malawi. We will shift our focus to the FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers coming in June,” Magogo noted.

Magogo’s spell as FUFA president has seen Uganda Qualify for two Africa Cup of Nations.
The pick of the two is the 2017 qualifying campaign where Farouk Miya’s strike against Comoros saw Uganda Qualify for the biennial tournament following a 38-year absence.

The Cranes are in Group E of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) alongside Mali, Kenya and Rwanda.

The first games of the Group Stages will kickoff on May 31, 2021.

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