Left-Right: Milton Karisa, Paul Musamali, Timothy Awany, Derrick Nsibambi, Moses Waiswa, Ismael Watenga, Muzamir Mutyaba, Shafiq Kagimu, Nicholas Wadada, Isaac Muleme, and Bernard Muwanga.
By : Danito Nsubuga
The Cranes fell to a 2-0 defeat in Kigali but went on to progress to finals of championships of the African nations to be held in Kenya next year between January 11th and February 12th 2018.
It was a nail biting victory after the cranes conceded 2 quick fire goals inside only 20 minutes. They were limited to a single shot on target and failed to take advantage of the 3 corners they received.
Despite the defeat, the cranes managed to keep the scoreline close, taking advantage of their 3-0 victory in Kitende to qualify for the 5th edition of 4th tournament. Here is how the boys rated.
He will never face a harder 20 minutes than the ones against the Amavubi. The young Vipers custodian was at the receiving end of 2 early goals from set pieces. He however regained confidence and commanded his defence better as the game went on. He also got one booking for the team when he was adjudged for time wasting by the referee. Watenga will miss the opening match in Kenya after accumulating 2 successive yellow cards. 6.0
One of the most senior members of the squad and vice captain. Wadada had a torrid time facing Rwanda’s danger men Muhire and Savio Dominique Nshuti, They decided to make him an avenue and he also looked too shaky and uncomfortable when attacked one on one. He hardly made any of his usual surges to support the forward and he always rushed into kicking aimless balls forward. Wadada got more comfortable in the 2nd period but this will be a game to forget for him 5.0
One of the few players to have left the field with his head held high, he was the day’s best performer, the man who rose up to the occasion when his mates were trembling and losing hopeless balls. He looked fitter, comfortable and agile, he made timely interceptions and good runs going forward.
Muleme is our star man. 7.0
Another player with a positive performance. After having missed out on the first leg, Awany returned in the heart of the cranes defence to partner teammate Paul Musamali. He threw his body on the line whenever needed but he too is falted for the failure to organise his defence allowing in the quick fire goals. 6.5
Awany’s defensive partner lacked composure and confidence. He was beaten by the quick feet of Nshuti and Muhire. His clearances were rushed and he always collided with Awany in the aerial challenges. Musamali’s physicality helped him cope when Rwanda resorted to long balls forward in search of an equaliser. 5.0
The captain struggled to have a grip on the game against a very physical Rwanda side, He failed to make any serious impact on the game, did not do well in his primary role of shielding his defence. His passes were at times misplaced and he failed to marshall his midfield area, coaches need to re- instate him back to his most comfortable position. Muwanga’s best moments came in the final 20 minutes and he is credited for motivating his younger teammates not to give in and hold on to the aggregate lead. 4.5
Uganda’s only ray of hope going forward. He looked the more livelier of all the upfront players but he was also forced to shift back and support the exposed Wadada. He wasted the cranes’ best chance when the ball fell to him close to the 18 yards box, he chose to dribble past every body instead of going for goal directly. 5.5
He was supposed to be Uganda’s fulcrum in the center of midfield but the Vipers’ youngster shied away from action. The more physical the game went, the more he went AWOL. His distribution of the ball was wanting and he misplaced so many balls in midfield putting his teammates under pressure. No wonder he was the 1st player to be substituted. 4.5
Looked sharper at the beginning of the match but he was also phased out by the Rwandese physical game and he was also affected by the lack ball possession faced by the team. He did not make any successful dribbles, neither did he make any crosses for the strikers. Did well in providing cover to Muleme 5.0
He was a complete shadow of his usual self, he did not register any shot at goal, he didn’t win any aerial balls and he was a bit static when the ball came towards him. Uganda’s target man was undone by the lack of supply from midfield. 4.5
The number 10 registered Uganda’s only shot on target when he forced Ndayishimye into a rushed save to award Uganda a rare second corner Kick. He looked brighter than his other midfield compatriots but he was also withdrawn later on for a more energetic Paul Mucureezi. 4.5
Should have done better when he was let through on goal by Shafiq Kagimu. Kiiza shot way far away from the target when he Should have composed himself for a better decision. No impact on the game. 4.0
His speed, agility and drive were of a big bonus to the cranes, he almost won Uganda a penalty in the 80th when he was brought down in the forbidden area. The referee decided to waive move on. 4.5
He came on late in the 1st minute of added time. N/A
The Interim Coach : Moses Basena
His 2nd game in charge and best challenge ahead of the double header against Egypt. Basena preached for vigilance to his team with an aim of guarding against any possible complacency tendencies, but the boys looked under pressure right away from start. They failed to improve on how to defend set plays and they failed to retain the ball better but he managed to motivate them to see out the game. 5.5