Uganda Hippos succumbed to the power of Ghana Black Satellites, going down 3-0 in the Africa Junior Championships qualifier on Saturday in Ghana.
Goals by Richmond Nketiah, Ebenezar Attafuah and Emmanuel Yamfi helped advance the second-leg hosts to the second round of the championships. But Uganda's road further into the tournament ended there.
The Hippos needed at least a 0-0 goal margin to move to the next level but they sure came short of the test as the West African hosts seemed very determined to overturn the visitor's fortunes.
Nketiah netted an early first for Ghana in the 6th minute and it remained the only goal for the first part of the game after the hosts missed a penalty in the same half.
Ghana bruised Uganda more in the second half with a second goal by Attafuah in the 58th minute before substitute Yamfi's third in the 78th sealed the victory.
The win became apparent with a 3-0 scoresheet but the Hippos did not just sit back.
Winger Joseph Ocaya advanced hard past the opponent's defense, twice missing golden goal scoring chances with the ball going just past the mouth of the goal.
But it was too late.
With hardly any more answers to the Satellites' relentless attacks, coach Paul Nkata's side in the end conceded to their campaign end.
If the Ugandan sensation had scored, and the score remained 3-1 after 90 minutes of play, it would steer the game into another 30 minutes of extra time then potentially into penalties thereafter.
Ghana, winners of the event in 2009 made it through with a 4-3 on aggregate after losing 3-1 in the first leg in Kampala two weeks ago.
They take on Morocco in the second round due between September and October. Both teams are looking to qualify for the finals due in Algeria next year.
Africa Junior Championships
Ghana 3 Uganda 0 (Ghana win 4-3 on agg)