URA FC scored an important away goal despite defeat at the hands of South Africa’s Orlando Pirates in the first leg of the first round clash of the CAF Confederations Cup.
Rooi Mahamutsa and Lehlohonolo Majoro netted for the hosts before Peter Lwasa pressure forced Happy Jele to head into his own net in what was the game’s last kick.
Kawowo Sports’ Ismael Kiyonga rates each of the URA players that featured at the Orlando stadium as well as head coach Alex Isabirye.
Bwete 5.0: Not to blame for the first goal but should have done better with the second. Besides, he organized the defence well.
Simeon Masaba 6.0: He did provide leadership at the back and was involved in some attacks with his marauding runs on the flank.
Sam Sekitto 6.0: He was solid defensively and combined well with Allan Munaba on the left flank to neutralize the attacking threat of Pirates as well as provide something going forward.
Sam Senkoomi 6.5: He kept the deadly Kermit Erasmus silent for the entire time he spent on the pitch. Defended absolutely well.
Deo Othieno 6.5: Like his partner, Otieno won a number of tackles and was unlucky to be part of a backline that conceded two goals.
Oscar Agaba 6.0: Failed to close down Rooi Mahamutsa and Lehlohonolo Majoro on the two occasions each scored but made a number of important interceptions to Pirates attacks.
Yasser Mugerwa 7.5: Man of the match for the URA FC side. He was outstanding in the middle of the pack and initiated a number of attacks with his long and short range passes before injury forced him off.
Feni Ali 7.0: Another brilliant performer on the day for the Tax Men. He passed the ball well whenever in possession and nearly got the visitors a goal with his shot from the edge of the 18 yard area.
Said Kyeyune 6.0: He played as right winger and did put up a decent performance. Was good going forward but also helped out Masaba in defence when the Buccaneers attacked.
Frank Kalanda 5.0: He held up play well as a lone centre forward but was a culprit for missing an opportunity early on when he headed wide under no pressure. Later withdrawn for the youthful Peter Lwasa.
Allan Munaba 6.0: Preferred as a left sided midfielder and didn’t disappoint. Whipped in a few crosses which troubled the Pirates defence and also helped out in defence.
Elkanah Nkugwa 7.0: Replaced the injured Yasser Mugerwa in the second half and his magic cross led to URA’s consolation.
Peter Lwasa 6.0: Came on for Frank Kalanda on the half hour mark and forced Happy Jele to head into his own net under pressure.
Coach Alex Isabirye 8.0:
He picked a good line up for the duel and his substitutions were spot on as both were involved in the important away goal his side netted late on.