Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Dennis Onyango reacts after foiling a Ghana Black Stars’ attack during the game at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole in Kampala Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

In the aftermath of Uganda Cranes’ goal-less home draw with Ghana Black Stars at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, captain Dennis Onyango questioned the state of the playing surface.

The Mamelodi Sundowns first choice goalkeeper, also the reigning CAF footballer of the year (based in Africa) was reacting shortly after the home country’s disappointing stalemate during the post match press conference at the conference room.

Sometimes one wonders where the priorities of our country are.

At a time we are set for the biggest game prior to the World Cup qualifier, the stadium was spoilt and we had no advantage nor the visitors. The playing surface looked more like a village ground.

Until we take such small but important details serious, then we shall qualify for the World Cup.

Three days to the match, Namboole stadium hosted a big prayer assembly led by city renown evangelist Pastor Aloysious Bujingo.

Thousands of worshipers filled up the stadium to capacity, occupying the entire stands and grass.

[/media-credit] Namboole stadium playing surface on match day Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

This left the grass withered with dry patches and uneven level.

The ball balance could be affected at most times, affecting the dribbling process of the ball and fluid passing.

[/media-credit] Sections of the Namboole stadium surface a day before the match Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

Towards the end of the game, the ball bounced in front of Onyango onto his face and was tapped home by second half substitute Raphael Dinamena.

The goal was however disallowed by South African FIFA Referee Bennet Daniel Frazer who blew the whistle after the second assistant referee Jonathan Steve Marie had already signaled for offside.

Onyango has however appreciated the role of FUFA, technical team and his entire players.

We tried our best but unfortunately could not convert.

There are some chances that could have been finished off but that is football.

We still have hope because Egypt play Congo Brazzaville on Sunday night and anything can happen in football.

There is a match we have to play away in Congo as well, the future competitions in CECAFA and AFCON 2019 campaign.

Uganda Cranes is still second in group E with 8 points, one short of Egypt.

Egypt will qualify if they beat Congo Brazzaville on Sunday evening.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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