Uganda Cranes joined Sudan’s Falcons of Jediane in the quarterfinals after securing 3-0 victory over Eritrea in a GOtv Cecafa Cup group C game played at City Stadium, Nairobi.
A brace from skipper Emmanuel Okwi and a goal from a penalty by Hamis Kiiza in the first half was all Cranes could afford to dislodge stubborn Red Sea Camels.
Kawowo Sports’ Ismael Kiyonga caught the game and rates the performance of each Ugandan player who took to the field. The rating is out of ten and based on personal observation backed by statistics.
Benjamin Ochan 6.0: The Cranes goalie had less to do as he wasn’t troubled but was alert when called upon especially in the second half
Nicholas Wadada 6.0: He was caught out of positions on many occasions especially in the second period. He was average defensively though he did maraud when necessary and was responsible for a number of decent crosses that were not put to use.
Godfrey Walusimbi 7.0: He was hard to beat defensively but did little going forward as he normally does. He was Uganda’s most impressive player in the second half when many looked faded.
Richard Kasagga 7.0: He was composed at the back and gave no time to Eritrean strikers on the ball. He read the game well and neutralized most of the aerial threats created by the Red Sea Camels though he lost his man at one time and escaped being punished by lethargic Eritreans.
Savio Kabugo 6.0: The SCVU centre back had a decent first half but was not as solid in the second half. Will be delighted to be part of a clean sheet keeping defence for two consecutive games.
Aucho Khalid 6.5: He controlled the midfield in the first half intercepting opponents’ moves and initiating moves but faded in the second period.
Geoffrey Kizito 6.0: Like compatriot Aucho, Kizito was a no show in second half and made quite a number of blind passes. Later withdrawn for Joseph Mpande.
Hamis Kiiza 6.0: He was involved in most of the Cranes’ build ups in the first half and got on the score sheet with Uganda’s second but did nothing of note in the second period. It was no surprise he was replaced a few minutes into the second half.
Brian Majwega 4.0: In a half that was dominated by Cranes, Majwega looked the odd man out as he appeared not to know what to do when in possession. No wonder he was replaced with Said Kyeyune at half time.
Emmanuel Okwi 6.0: Despite scoring a brace, Okwi was no show in the second period. He appeared disinterested in the second period, lost balls un necessarily and didn’t register a shot either on or off target in the entire second half
Daniel Sserunkuma 7.0: The Gor Mahia FC striker was unlucky not to be on the score sheet. He looked lively particularly in the first half, won the penalty that Kiiza converted and created Okwi’s second but Uganda’s third goal. Hit the cross bar with a fierce left foot shot and appeared the only player who would score Uganda’s fourth on the day.
Said Kyeyune 5.0: Replaced the underperforming Majwega after half time but did nothing of note throughout his time on the pitch.
Isaac Muleme 5.0: He came on for Hamis Kiiza in the second half but failed to replicate his substitute appearance showing against Rwanda.
Joseph Mpande 5.0: In the few minutes he got on the pitch, he wasted two brilliant opportunities to extend Uganda’s lead as he continues to flatter in a Cranes jersey.