Uganda Cranes began its Cecafa Cup title defense with a 1-0 win over rivals Rwanda in a match played at Nyayo stadium, Nairobi.

Gor Mahia FC striker Daniel ‘Mzee’ Sserunkuma struck the only goal of the game in the 89th minute to sink a determined Amavubi side that had dominated most parts of the game.

Kawowo Sports’ Ismael Kiyonga caught the game at Nyayo and rates Uganda’s players that took to the field.

Benjamin Ochan 8.0: The SCVU goalie was Cranes’ man of the match. He made three one on one saves to keep the game level before Sserunkuma got the vital goal for Cranes. 

Nicholas Wadada 7.0: He defended well against danger man Jean Claude Iranze and also got time to offer the team support offensively.

Godfrey Walusimbi 6.0: He struggled against Meddie Kagere and allowed him so much space on many occasions. In addition, he offered less in attack when the side was possession. 

Richard Kasagga 7.0: Composed performance from the centre back. Rarely put a foot wrong despite being troubled by Rwanda’s big striker Jacques Tuyisenge. 

Savio Kabugo 7.0: Besides an occasion when he mis-communicated with goalie Ochan, the big centre back was spot on winning aerial battles with Jacques Tuyisenge. He read the game well and commanded the back-line with authority

Aucho Khalid 7.5: The Tusker FC midfielder made a brilliant senior national team debut in the centre of the pack and did well. He intercepted lots of balls and initiated most of attacks from deep.

Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito 6.0: The midfielder got so many shooting opportunities but none was on target. He looked rusty and appeared unfit as he struggled against Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza and Haruna Niyonzima in the middle. 

Joseph Mpande 6.0: He looked lost on his responsibility on the pitch. Torn between playing as a central striker or as an attacking midfielder in a number 10 role. Later withdrawn for Vincent Kayizzi

Brian Majwega 6.0: He created Uganda’s best chance of the first period when his cross inside the 16 yard area was met by Hamis Kiiza whose headed effort was saved for a corner. Besides, he over holds the ball thus breaks play on many occasions.

Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza 5.0: He surprisingly started the game despite being half fit and it showed on the pitch. He looked immobile and lacked sharpness. His only telling contribution was a header in the dying minutes of the first half which Ndayishimye saved. Came off for Said Kyeyune.

Daniel ‘Mzee’ Sserunkuma 7.5: He struck the only goal of the game in the closing stages of the game. He struggled in the first half against Emery Bayisenge but improved in the second half. He coolly slotted home in the 89th minute to give Uganda a winning start.

SUBS:

Vincent Kayizzi 4.0: He came on for Joseph Mpande and got involved in Cranes’ goal.

Isaac Muleme 6.0: He came on for Brian Majwega and added fresh energy to attack plus did well to cover Walusimbi at left fullback.

Said Kyeyune 6.0: He made a world class lofted pass which Sserunkuma coolly slotted home.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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