By Moses Wantimba
So far so good for The Uganda Cranes at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.4 points(don’t seem like just four to many Ugandans) in 2 games. Uganda are on course to getting into the knockout stage for a historical second time since the 1978 ‘close’ euphoria.
Sebastien Desabre’s men picked up a vital point against a better Zimbabwean team at the Cairo Stadium in what was a thrilling goal-mouth encounter. But here is how I rated The Cranes players’ performances on the day.
Dennis Onyango 7.5/10
The skipper led the team in a descent outing against a couple of Zimbabwe players that he plays alongside in the PSL league. He as well kept Uganda in the game with a superb reaction when he swept an effort that was aiming past the goal-line. However,he could have done better commanding his backline and anticipating passes into the area.
Bevis Mugabi 6/10
Not the best of games for the towering make-shift defender particularly in the first period. The Youvil Town center half often committed himself wrongly into pressing opponents,got dragged out of position in the build up for the equalizer. Albeit had a better second half with a scoring opportunity that could have extended the score line.
Ronald Mukiibi 6.5/10
The Ostersunds player made his senior competitive debut at high stakes in a quite unfamiliar position,and it was at times visible with his sense of positioning and communication breakdown with his pair. Although, he was commendable on one-on-ones and gave The Cranes a physically imposing structure at the center of the defence.
Hassan Wasswa. 6/10
Ordinarily,the big defender had to take on the libero last man role in the absence of his familiar partner Murshid Juuko. He at times seemed clueless and slow on deciding what to do with the ball and reading the game especially for the cut back passes into the box.
Godfrey Walusimbi 7/10
A quite game moving forward but very solid at the back and kept Khama Billiat with minimal fouls, controlled the damage that the forward can possibly do(better in the second half) and maintained good defensive shape throughout the game.
Mike Azira 5/10
A very quiet game for the central midfielder. Struggled to impose himself in the game and gave less cover infront of the backline as compared to the first game against DRC. He’s coming off for Tadeo Lwanga couldn’t have justified it less.
Khalid Aucho 6/10
Abit off-color on the day,but managed to maintain presence in the center. He played a good ball to Lumala in the built-up to Uganda’s opener.
Faruk Miya 6/10
Obviously not a good game as compared to his energetic desire in the previous game. Could have done better with the set-pieces.
Emmanuel Okwi 7.5/10
Uganda’s goal scorer. Played with dynamism,kept on fighting for second balls and helping out on the left-back. He couldn’t have done better in the circumstances.
Patrick Kaddu 6/10
Blew away Uganda’s best chance at taking 3 points. Still struggling with keeping the opponent’s backline at bay. He needs to improve on his ball control, possession and hold up play.
Abdu Lumala 8/10
The winger was Uganda’s best player on the day. Kept constant support for the right back,always picking the right decisions and confidently kept on engaging his markers and was The Cranes’ major outlet for goal scoring opportunities.