Mucureezi scored four goals for Uganda cranes during the Chan qualifiers against South Sudan at the Startimes Stadium Lugogo formerly known as Philip Omondi.

The record breaker was introduced at the 37th minute to replace club team mate Derrick Nsibambi who seemed unwell after having a knock with the Sudanese goal keeper when scoring the opener.

By 44th minute the 24-year-old midfielder scored his first ever goal for the national team, before doubling the lead, acquiring hatrick and notching a poker in the second half.

“This is a good start on the national team. I really thank God for answering my prayers. I asked for a goal, he gave me four.” Said Mucureezi.

The wonder kid born in Ntungamo besides thanking fellow players as well recognized coach Micho who whispered to him to score so as to make Western Uganda proud.

I thank the coach for the trust he vested in me. I also thank my teammates. Football is a team sport and I would not have performed like this single handedly. I dedicate these goals to my parents in Ntungamo district.” Gratefully added the midfielder.

The country has never been experienced four goals from a single player in an international competition, the last time anything close to that happened was when David Obua scored a hatrick against Niger in 2007 during AFCON qualifiers where the Cranes won 3-1.

Uganda Cranes player with the ball

Khamis Uso’s 90th minute goal was extrememly negligible as the final score of 5-1 gave the cranes the absolute right over South Sudan to face Rwanda.

The first leg of the encounter with Rwanda will be played in Kampala on 12th August as the return leg follows on 18th August in Rwanda-Kigali.

The victor will qualify on aggregate for the tournament which is slated to take place in Kenya next year.

African Nations Championship is a tournament organized strictly for home based footballers.