Uganda Cranes starting XI against Ghana at Namboole in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers 2018 Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] The Uganda Cranes starting XI against Ghana Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Uganda Cranes played to a goalless stalemate with the Black Stars of Ghana at Namboole to leave chances of qualifying for their first ever FIFA World Cup in balance.

The team had arguably one of the worst shows at home but how did each player perform on the afternoon?

Denis Onyango 4.0: Hardly tested but was very fortunate to keep a clean sheet. Didn’t look the part in dead ball situations, his ball distribution was poor and his howler at the death gifted the visitors what looked like a legit goal only for the goal scorer to be unfairly ruled offside.

Nicholas Wadada 5.5: The Vipers SC man had a tough afternoon against the speedy and skilled Franck Acheampong but never gave up. He nearly gave away a penalty in the second half.

Godfrey Walusimbi 6.5: One of the team’s best performers as he went toe to toe with the silky Kingsley Sarfo and created the best two chances with two well weighed crosses going forward.

Isaac Isinde 6.5: Another top performer on the day but looked nervous throughout. Nevertheless, he gave no space to lethal forward Richmond Boakye.

Hassan Wasswa 6.0: Enjoyed a sweeper’s role and read the game well twice intercepting Ghana’s attacks in the area.

Denis Iguma 4.5: Flopped in midfield but looked the part when he played a more withdrawn role as a third centre back when Ghana took control of proceedings.

Tonny Mawejje 4.0: Struggled in the opening half of the game with a couple of misplaced passes but grew with the game and slightly improved after the break.

Farouk Miya 3.0: A day to forget for the Standard Liege attacker as he misplaced pass after pass and never looked the Miya Uganda Cranes fans are accustomed to watching.

Emmanuel Okwi 5.5: He was the closest to unlocking the resilient Ghana backline thanks to his pace but couldn’t go beyond Amartey who successfully defended him.

Luwagga Kizito 4.0: Had a few moments of brilliance with his skills and unlike in other games, was willing to die a little for the team. Missed arguably Cranes’ best chance when he failed to make connection with Wazza cross in the first half.

Derrick Nsibambi 4.0: Deprived of service but even when he got on the ball, he was easily defended by the brilliant Daniel Amartey. Shockingly headed wide Wazza’s perfect cross in the second half before he was withdrawn.


Geoffrey Sserunkuma 4.0: Like Nsibambi, he was deprived of service but held on the ball well when in possession.   

Muzamiru Mutyaba 5.0: Lively and twice beat the Ghanaians with his piece of skill but denied chance to release that final ball.

Joseph Ochaya 3.0: Combined well with Walusimbi a few minutes after coming on but that was for just a couple of minutes before he went into oblivion.

Moses Basena 4.0: Although Iguma’s versatility is not questionable, playing him in midfield at home was a miscalculation. He also took long to react in terms of substitutions and then, playing at home with game tied at goalless, the introduction of natural left back Joseph Ochaya for Luwagga Kizito posed more questions than answers.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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