How the Uganda Hippos fared in the comprehensive victory over South Sudan

The Hippos celebrate Saddam Masereka’s goal

By: Elias Kayondo and Danito Nsubuga

A spirited second half performance from Uganda saw them sweep South Sudan aside and they are all but into the next round of the Junior Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers where they will meet Cameroon.

Goals from Mustafa Kizza (Pen), Steven Mukwala, Saddam Masereka, Hamis Tibita and Allan Okello were enough for the Hippos to seal a convincing victory.

With this overwhelming display, we rate them according to their performance.

Saidi Keni 6.0

Keni was an imposing figure in the Hippos goal

The custodian did not have busy day against South Sudan but he was always alert when called upon , unlucky to concede from his own defender.

Paul Willa 5.5

Paul Willa

One of the debutants of the day, Willa started slow and the nerves got the better of him. He later picked up confidence and played his part.

Mustafa Kizza 5.5

Kizza was sent off

The team’s best outlet in the first period when chances were scarce, he whipped in his trademark crosses relentlessly and he was strong enough to stand up for the penalty kick. Spoilt his day with a stupid red card.

Mustafa Mujuzi 5.5

Mujuzi scored in his own net

One of the senior members of the squad, Mujuzi commanded his defense well especially in the first half when the South Sudanese were still strong, he should have done better than scoring in his own net

Geoffrey Wasswa 6.0

Mr comfortable, chosen to start ahead of his Vipers teammate and partner Bashir Asiku, Wasswa provided did not put any foot wrong and his ball distribution was okay

Abubakar Kasule 5.0

Abubakar Kasule

Exposed his coach’s deficiencies in decision making. He looked heavy, unfit and short of match sharpness, was lucky to be on the winning side.

Julius Poloto 7.0

Julius Poloto

The team captain gave Matia Lule a chance to make changes in the second half without necessarily making a substitute. He exchanged wings with Allan Okello and teamed up well with Frank Tumwesigye on the left. The utility element in him yielded positive results.

Frank Tumwesigye 6.0

Tumwesigye had a good game but lost a lot possession

The flair and ball control abilities said it all. The accuracy in passing and the decency in overriding opponents saw him get involved in Tibita’s goal when he was brought down for a Free-kick on the left flank.

Should have done better but he was overly elaborative on the ball, needs to improve on decision making.

Allan Okello 8.5

Okello had a subdued first half but rose up in the second half

Two assists and a stunner. Big players choose bigger occasions to create moments that make statements. He took matters in his own hands by beating a forest of South Sudan’s defenders before setting one for Mukwala and later score a sole effort when he tried his luck from long range in the dieing minutes of the game. Our star man of the game.

Steven Mukwala 7.0

Mukwala restored Uganda’s lead in the 63rd minute

The Vipers number 9 looked isolated in the first period with less or minimal supply, fell prey to the South Sudanese offside traps but still he was the man to be tackled for Uganda’s penalty. He got more involved in the second half capped by extending the Hippos’ lead with a poachers’ finish.

Joshua Okiror 5.5

Okiror was a victim of high flying tackles from the South Sudanese

He did okay, provided some width for the team and used his speed efficiently but he was easily bullied by the gangly South Sudanese, he was withdrawn for Masereka at the start of the second stanza. The most fouled player on the pitch.

Substitutes

Hamis Tibita 6.0

Goals win matches and Tibita scored in his first touch

The BUL forward was not much involved in play for the minutes he stayed on the pitch but scoring with his first touch proved his worth. No wonder he made a funny celebration for his goal. As if to tell remind the coach not to leave him on bench next time.

Saddam Masereka 6.5

Masereka Saddam (Right)

The match announcer spoiled his proud moment by controversially calling him Solomon Ovoyo after getting on the score sheet. The young Buddo S. S student provided balance and shape to the team when brought in for Okiror. His goal broke the spirits of the South Sudanese

Faisal Sekyanzi N/A

He came on late for Okello, he barely touched the ball

Coach Matia Lule 6.0

Matia Lule

He did some poor team selection decisions but he made up for them during the second half to inspire a come back

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