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Bayo saves the day again but how did the rest of the Cranes fare in the disappointing stalemate with Kenya

Danito NSUBUGA

Well, a few will be surprised that the Cranes bottled it again when it mattered most. The party spoilers once again did it to Uganda at home after that 2011 debacle.

Fahad Bayo saved the day again with a late equaliser after making the best of Brian Bwiire’s blunder when he lost possession in an attempt to waste time.

Here is how they rated

Charles Lukwago

Uganda’s best player on the evening by a country mile, despite conceding to Michael Olunga, he made more than three match winning saves

6.0

Denis Iguma

Struggled to contain the pacy Ouma Onyango but had a relatively good game on a disappointing evening 5.0

Aziz Kayondo

A below per performance compared to his full debut against Rwanda at the same venue. Caught up in possession on numerous occasions and he was substituted at half time. 4.0

Bevis Mugabi

Decent display for the Motherwell defender on his return to the national team, should have done better to stop Olunga. 5.0

Timothy Awanyi

Mugabi’s defense partner had a quiet game devoid of his usual attack instigating moves from the back, commanded his defense well but he too like Mugabi was guilty of Olunga’s goal.

He will miss the game in Morocco after recording his second yellow. 5.0

Khalid Aucho

Uganda’s most experienced player didn’t have enough impact on the game after playing too deep. Tried some long balls from midfield but these couldn’t affect the Kenyans who were good in long balls. Lost too many midfield battles against Kenneth Muguna. 5.0

Moses Waiswa

There was none of his defense splitting passes on show this evening, Waiswa was in most cases bullied by the gangly Kenyans and lost too many balls in the center of the pack.

Substituted early on in the second half . 5.0

Steven Mukwala

A match to forget for the URA striker, he failed to make his pace count as he was most of the time beaten to the ball by Anthony Akumu. 4.5

Bobosi Byaruhanga

His best moment of the evening came in the 31st minute when he perfectly struck a 30 yard free kick that Brian Bwiire spilled over into Mugabi’s path. He also had some bright moments in the first period but he tired quickly in the second half. Substituted. 5.5

Fahad Bayo

Uganda’s Mr reliable made the best of Brian Bwiire blunder when he lost possession in his box and stole a point for the Cranes.

He will take our Man of the match accolade for winning a point a point for Uganda. 6.5

Isaac Muleme

Another player to leave the pitch with his reputation intact, Muleme was Uganda’s most realistic source of Uganda especially in the first period.

He made a series of lung busting runs forward but he was forced to play full back when Micho changed formations with the substitution of the ineffective Aziz Kayondo. 5.5

Substitutions

Milton Karisa

Injected more pace and directness going forward when he came on for Steven Mukwala but his impact too wasn’t as inspiring. 4.0

Ibrahim Orit

Came on Aziz Kayondo after the restart of the second period.

He drove the team better forward and got close to finding a breakthrough for the Cranes but Bwiire acrobatically saved to silence the home fans. 5.0

Yunus Sentamu

The Vipers man tried to add another dimension onto Cranes attack but his impact too wasn’t as positive. He will also miss the trip to Morocco after getting booked for the second time in the campaign.

Allan Okello

Showed a few flashes of brilliance when brought on, instigated a few runs from midfield and also provided some good layoffs to the forwards. Deserved more time 5.0

Martin Kizza

He fluffed to become Uganda’s hero when let through by Allan Okello in extra time. He had come on for Timothy Awanyi. 4.0

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