The 4-3 win in the return leg means that the Sand Cranes qualify on a 9-5 aggregate. Uganda secured an early advantage with a 5-2 win against Comoros last month.
Sand Cranes players celebrating with thier coach after qualifying
Uganda National Beach Soccer Team, Sand Cranes returned
to the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations after a second victory over Comoros in the return leg of the qualifier played at FUFA Technical
Centre in Njeru.
Goals from Nicholas Mwere and Brian Nkuubi helped the Sand Cranes to sail past a resilient Comoros team as the two sides fought to qualify for the continental showpiece. The 4-3 win in the return leg means that the Sand Cranes qualify on a 9-5 aggregate. Uganda secured an early advantage with a 5-2 win against Comoros last month
In Njeru, Uganda kicked off the game on a high note and
secured their first goal as early as the first minute through Brian Nkuubi
before Mwere added two goals to give Uganda a commanding 3-0 lead in the first
Although the visitors greatly improved in the
second period as Moeva Chakira scored twice and Ismael Ahmed added the third to
level the tie, Mwere scored the fourth goal to restore Uganda’s victory.
This is the second successive time Uganda is qualifying for the continent’s biggest Beach soccer tournament, after making their debut in
the last edition of the championship that Senegal hosted in 2021. the
Sand Cranes finished fourth in the last edition, after falling to Mozambique in the semifinals
and Morocco in the playoffs.
Senegal is the defending champions after defeating
Mozambique 4-1 in the final in 2021. Upon accomplishing all the qualifiers, the seven
qualifying teams will join 2021
runners-up Mozambique who qualified automatically as hosts for the 2022 Beach
Soccer Africa Cup of Nations which will take place October 21-30th in Maputo.