Uganda Cranes' Luwagga Kizito heading the ball as colleague Massa looks on Credit: Airtel Uganda
[/media-credit] Uganda Cranes’ Luwagga Kizito heading the ball as colleague Massa looks on Credit: Airtel Uganda

The Cranes lost 1-0 to Zambia at Namboole thanks to Chisamba Lungu deflected shot that hit the back of the net midway the first half.

Either team used the game to gauge their abilities in preparation for weekend engagements in the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier but how did Micho’s troops rate on the day.

Robert Odongkara 4.5: Returned to the team after being dropped for the Comoros and Ghana tie but looked terrible on crosses. He didn’t inspire confidence despite a few tests between the sticks.

Nicholas Wadada 5.0: He had a decent game. Defended well and often provided those marauding runs – going forward.

Joseph Ochaya 5.0:  Not the best of games for the KCCA left back as he struggled against goal scorer Lungu on the day. He also often overlapped and left space behind him for opponents to attack and takes a portion of blame for the goal. He should have been near Lungu before the Zambia shot.

Isaac Isinde 5.5: He failed to command his back line and often crossed paths with his partner Jjuuko as seen in the lead to the goal. He was however confident on the ball especially in the second half when Chipolopolo sat back to defend.

Murushid Jjuuko 4.5: He appeared clumsy when attacked and often looked like an accident waiting to happen. He didn’t ooze much confidence as he always displays and was fortunate Zambia didn’t attack that much.

Aucho Khalid 7.0: Arguably Cranes best player on the day. The Baroka midfielder intercepted several attacks including one dangerous one in the second half. He also shifted to centre back when Micho withdrew Isinde late in the second half and performed to expectation.

Tonny Mawejje 6.0: He started well and looked dangerous on the ball but faded as the game grew. He beat his opponents with ease and often pulled a trigger but his shots never hit the target.

Moses Oloya 6.0: The Kuban Krasnodar winger was always dangerous when in possession but his decision-making always let him down.

William Luwagga Kizito 4.5: He was into oblivion for most parts of the game and always slowed down Cranes attacks.

Godfrey Walusimbi 6.5: The Gor Mahia player was another player who didn’t do bad on the day but didn’t offer as much in tracking back to help Ochaya when Zambians attacked.

Geoffrey Massa 4.0: His body was so willing as he chased for every ball but found it hard to beat Stopilla Sunzu. Besides, his first touch always let him down and missed a good chance to pull the Cranes level in the second half before coming off.


Farouk Miya 5.0: His urge to take the game to the opponent was visible when he came on but lacked that killer instinct.

Shaban Muhammad 5.0: The youngster earned his debut and was never disappointing. He was courageous and aggressive in the area and asked a few questions to the opponents’ back line.

Muzamiru Mutyaba 7.0: His elegance on the ball often earned him applause from the stands. He was never afraid to play that splitting pass and from the performance on the day, he puts himself in the frame for the Congo game.

Shafik Batambuze 5.0: The KPL winner with Tusker made his debut and whipped in a few decent crosses. He also exuded confidence on the ball.

Geoffrey Sserunkuma 5.0: The fox in the box movements in the area were well calculated but did get enough service. However, he coordinated play with club team-mate Mutyaba which kept the Zambians on tenterhooks.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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  1. This is why we need friendlies! See how many players are below 5/10.
    Micho should bench them over the weekend. Keeping in mind their traveling, e.t.c.
    We need a 3-0 scoreline over the weekend.

    Odongokara is crazy to think that he can go to Gabon with such weaknesses while skipping “local ” friendlies. Ethiopian football has weaknesses that do not test goalies in many ways.

    Micho should start working on an attacking transition system. You can win AFCON by playing defensively, but it makes it harder to qualify for the World Cup.

    Mawejje, Massa and Miya need extra work beyond training to get sharp.

  2. A lot of work to do micho, we cannot go on like we are journalists… remove massa, start serunkuuma. remove odongkara start onyango or some other guy. congo is tougher than zambia. need to have a sharp striker and massa does not measure up to the job any more, he has grown and needs to retire.

  3. Our players lack character. This is evident by the body language when they are confronted by opponents. Football matches are won by players with character. Players like Didier Drogba were not the finest of players but because they exuded character on and off the pitch, they made it big in football. We have great talents but what our coaches at club and national levels needs to do is to build confidence in the players that they can face any team in the world of football and win.

    We need players of character on the pitch and not only talent. Opponents always get intimidated by players of great characters. Look at why they always feared David Obua, because of his character on the pitch. Micho, we wish you and the boys the best of luck. We shall be there in thousands to cheer the team to success but our players should exude confidence and play to win with a big margin.

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