Defending Champions Morocco have booked their place at the 2020 Total African Nations Championship (Chan) in style.
A second-half revival by the Atlas Lions secured their 2-5 emphatic victory at the Stade de la Réunification to ensure they finish top of Group C.
The result means the Cranes didn’t only crash out of the competition but also suffered their heaviest defeat at a tournament and finished bottom of the group with just one point after three matches.
This also means Morocco, who finished with seven points, are still on course to retain the title they won on home soil in 2018.
After going ahead in the 25th minute courtesy of Ibrahim Orit’s strike, the Cranes could only hold on until a few minutes to the break.
Moroccan Skipper Ayoub El Kaabi converted a penalty in the last seconds of first half make it 1-1.
In the second half, the lions roared and the rest is history.
A brace from Sofiane Rahimi, a goal from Hamza El Moussaoui and What looked like an own goal from goalkeeper Charles Lukwago summed up Morocco’s superior performance against poor Uganda.
Uganda’s only goal of the half came five minutes from time thanks for Saidi Kyeyune’s well crafted free kick but it was just a drop in the ocean.
Despite making four changes to the team that lost 2-1 against Togo, coach Johnathan McKinstry saw less or no impact on the field of play.
The North Irish man had relagated Paul Mbowa, Tonny Mawejje, Muhammad Shaban, and Joackim Ojera to the bench, handing their places to team Captain Halid Lwaliwa, Saidi Kyeyune, Brian Aheebwa and Viane Sekajugo.
Lwaliwa was playing his first and last game at the tournament after missing the previous two through injury.
UgandaCranes Starting XI against Morocco.
Charles Lukwago (GK), Aziizi Kayondo, Denis Iguma, Mustafa Mujuzi, Lwaliwa Halid (C), Kagimu Shafik, Bright Anukani, Kyeyune Saidi, Sekajugo Viane, Ibrahim Orit, Brian Aheebwa.