Photo courtesy of Ronnie Lusulire
By: Danito Nsubuga
National team the cranes cruised to an impressive 3-0 victory over the Amavubi of Rwanda in an entertaining match hosted at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.
In what was the 1st competitive match under the tutelage of interim coach Moses Basena, the Cranes looked through out the best team on the day from the onset. Basena named an ultra attacking team mirroring the one named by Micho on his final match against South Sudan, The only change being Paul Musamali who came in for the departed Timothy Awany who is away in South Africa for professional trials.
It seamed as if his major target and strategy was attacking Rwanda from the onset, he was vindicated when Nicholas Wadada broke through and he was fouled in the area close to 30 yards to earn Uganda a free kick in the 3rd minute which Milton Karisa struck direct in the arms of Nzarora Marcel.
Uganda continued with relentless attacks and Milton Karisa met Wadada’s in swinging cross but the contact was not enough to direct the ball towards goal.
Hell broke loose on Rwanda when they failed to clear an other Wadada cross in the area and defender Bizimana Ajihad fouled striker Derrick Nsibambi in the area which KCCA midfielder Muzamir Mutyaba cooly slotted home to open the floodgates for Uganda on the 17th minute.
Only 7 minutes after, Milton Kariisa combined well with Moses Waiswa , Derrick Nsibambi and Muzamir Mutyaba with a perfect interchange of passes whose end product was an other delightfully taken goal to put Uganda in a 2-0 caution to take into halftime.
Enter the second half, a cautious Basena withdrew Captain Bernard Muwanga who had earlier been yellow carded for Tom Masiko because the game had become more physical and a red card was imminent any time against a physical Muwanga.
There was a change in approach after the introduction of Tom Masiko and Uganda resorted to sitting back to soak the pressure and then attack them on the counter, it immediately paid off when Shafiq Kagimu, combined well with Milton Karisa who set up for Derrick Nsibambi to slot home into the far corner to ensure Uganda goes into the 2nd leg with a 3-0 advantage.
At this point, Rwanda’s German tactician Antoine Hey decided to throw the kitchen sink at the cranes when made two substitutions in succession, he brought on Abeddy Biramire for Barnabe Mubumbyi and shortly after he introduced Buhire Kevin for Olivier Niyonzima.
Basena’s 2nd subsitution came in the 60th minute when Paul Mucurezi replaced the two goal hero Muzamir Mutyaba. Uganda continued with their game plan and they almost made it 4-0 when the exciting Shafiq Kagimu was let in through by a clear pass from Milton karisa but he shot just inches wide with the keeper at his mercy.
Basena proved a more forward thinking and bold headed tactician than the departed Micho when he introduced more fire power towards the end of the game. Striker Shaban Mohammed came on for midfielder Moses Waiswa, but the cranes continued to defend deep and deeper to deny the Rwandese any chances of scoring an away goal.
There was only 3 minutes of added time but it was a little too late for Rwanda and Uganda will go into the return leg of this encounter looking to only avoid losing by a 3 or more unanswered goals to qualify for the tournament proper to hosted in Kenya early next year.
Result Uganda 3-0 Rwanda ( Muzamir Mutyaba 2, Derrick Nsibambi 1)
Yellow cards Uganda … 3 ( Savio Kabugo, Bernard Muwanga and Ismael Watenga)
Yellow cards Rwanda.. ( Rucongoza Amebril and he will miss the next match)
UGANDA CRANES XI:
Ismael Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Paul Musamali, Savio Kabugo, Bernard Muwanga (45’ Tom Masiko), Milton Karisa, Moses Waiswa (80’ Muhammed Shaban), Derrick Nsibambi, Muzamiru Mutyaba (60’ Paul Mucureezi), Shafiq Kagimu
Subs Not Used: Benjamin Ochan (G.K), Rashid Toha, Deus Bukenya, Erisa Ssekisambu.
Marcel Nzarora (G.K), Eric Iradukunda, Emmanuel Imanishimwe, Aimable Rucogoza, Aimable Nsabimana, Thierry Manzi, Yannick Mukunzi, Seif Olivier Niyonzima (69’ Kevin Muhire), Djihad Bizimana, Dominique Savio Nshuti, Barnabe Mubumbyi (52’ Abeddy Biramahire)
Subs Not Used:
Yve Kimenyi (G.K), Soter Kayumba, Latif Bishira, Jean Marie Vianney Muvandimwe, Amran Nshimiyimana
Center Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi)
1st Assistant Referee: Gustave Baguma (Burundi)
2nd Assistant Referee: Willy Habimana (Burundi)
4th Official: Georges Gatogato (Burundi)
Match Commissioner: Mohamed Omar Abubaker Yusuf (Kenya)