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BY: DANITO NSUBUGA
Egypt beat Uganda 1-0 at the Borg El Arab Stadium In Alexandria to reclaim top spot of group E of the CAF World Cup qualifiers. It was a gallant display from the Cranes but they now occupy 2nd spot with 7 points 2 behind leaders Egypt. Here is how they rated against the Pharaohs.
1. Denis Onyango
If he does not qualify to be regarded as world class, then who should?. Uganda’s number 1 proved again why he is Africa’s best player based on the continent. He was so unlucky to concede from Mohammed Salah’s painful rebound in the 6th minute. Onyango made 4 clean saves on the night and he is one reason the score was kept at 1-0. 8.5
2. Nico Wakiro Wadada
A nightmare of a game. Wadada will never forget the night in Alexandria, he was battered, out competed and outclassed by Ramadan Sobhi who was named ahead of Mahmoud Hassan. Wadada is the man who was caught up in possession in the build up to Egypt’s goal. 4.0
3. Godfrey Walusimbi
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Another victim of Egypt’s home advantage, in a stadium full of 60,000 fans chanting the name of Mohammed Salah, he was in for a torrid time against the Liverpool superstar. Walusimbi failed to mark Salah and he was in most cases caught chasing his shadows . 5.0
4. Isaac Isinde
The most senior center back for the cranes is faulted for failure to organise his defense better, he was always caught flatfooted and he should have done better to support Onyango when he spilled over Salah ‘s shot in the build up to Egypt’s goal. 5.0
5. Murushid Jjuuko
A positive performance from him. He was not hurried in possession, comfortable on the ball and he distributed the ball better but he was a bit reckless in the tackle. Booked. 6.5
6. Hassan Wasswa.
His physique was a big plus for the Cranes in the center of midfield. He won more balls than any body else for the cranes but his passes going forward were lacking. He always passed diagonally which limited his impact. 5.5
7. Emmanuel Okwi
A shadow of the man that starred in Kampala, Okwi was limited to a bit part role due to limited supplies from the back, his only notable contribution came in the 18th minute when he delivered a perfect cross for Nsibambi who headed over the bar . He was withdrawn for Geoffrey Sserunkuma in the 68th minute. 5.0
8. Khalid Aucho
Another positive display on the night, he won some possession for Uganda and he was the only man trying to drive the team forward with some passes up the field. He was booked for a bad challenge on Ahmed Tarek. 6.5
9. Farouk Miya
Lack of playing time at Standard Liege is affecting Miya’s form and performances at the national team. Uganda’s go to man was an absolute shadow of his old self. A man known for his tenacious drive and pace could not even chase a ball 2 yards away from him. He was hardly involved in the game and he looked heavy. His decision to pass backwards when Uganda were gifted with a 93rd minute free kick summed up his whole performance on the night . 4.0
10. Derrick Nsibambi
Uganda’s target man was deprived of supply, in fact, he only had 2 touches on the ball in the area and they were up in the air. He did not register any shots at goal and neither was he caught in any offside position but his willy attitude to chase some loose balls never deserted him. 5.0
11. Joseph Ochaya.
He was again preferred to start a the left wing by Basena at the expense of a natural midfielder or winger. Ochaya failed to make any impact on the game, and he did not deliver any crosses to the forwards. No wonder he was the 1st man to be withdrawn after Halftime. 4.0
William Kizito Luwagga
He came on for Joseph Ochaya at the beginning of the second period and he looked sharper. He brought some calmness in midfield but he over dwelt with the ball when he should have released his teammates earlier. 5.0
Introduced on deep into the second half for Emmanuel Okwi but his impact wasn’t so much felt due to lack of supplies into his area of operation. 4.5
The young Vipers forward was brought on so late in the dying minutes to make any impact. With his positive attitude and work rate , Karisa should be trusted with some more minutes. N/A
Coach Moses Basena
He was bold to name an unchanged side that started in Kampala. His substitutions were spot on and timely but hey, Can someone explain why the cranes resorted to starting short corners instead of playing the traditional long balls into the area from which we always scored?
3 corners were wasted in the same manner and all the dead balls were sent down the drain, most importantly that one in the 93rd minute which Miya passed to Walusimbi instead of delivering it for the forwards to try their lack. 5.5