In a compelling match during the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Uganda Cranes emerged victorious against Somalia with a standout performance led by Rogers Mato’s crucial goal. The game, held at Stade Du Municipal in Berkane, Morocco, showcased the team’s resilience and strategic prowess.
Coach Put Paul Joseph orchestrated effective changes, with notable contributions from players like Isima Watenga, Elvis Bwomono, and debutant Allan Oyirwoth. The early minutes witnessed a brilliant sequence culminating in Mato’s clinical strike, securing a vital win for Uganda.
Oyirwoth, making a significant impact in midfield, provided the key assist for Mato’s goal, highlighting the team’s cohesion and attacking capabilities. The dismissal of Somalia’s Ahmed Mohammed further tilted the odds in Uganda’s favor, with the opposition reduced to ten players.
Despite dominating possession, Uganda couldn’t add to their lead but sealed a 1-0 victory, earning three crucial points in the World Cup Qualifiers. This triumph positions Uganda Cranes positively as they anticipate future qualifiers. The team is set to return to action in June next year, facing Botswana and Algeria in two pivotal home matches.