Team captains Denis Onyango (second left) with the Malawian counterpart John Banda and the match officials prior to kick off

Emmanuel Okwi and Fahad Bayo scored for Cranes as they won 2-0 at home to Malawi on Sunday afternoon.

The win puts the Cranes on four points and top of Group A but how did the individual players perform on the day.

Kawowo Sports Ismael Kiyonga rates Jonathan McKinstry’s soldiers.

Denis Onyango 6.5: He had little to deal with besides the save to deny Gabadinho Mhango but provided leadership from the back.

Nicholas Wadada 6.0: He defended well but offensively, his crosses were wanting.

Joseph Ochaya 6.5: He was defensively astute and the few times he went forward, his deliveries could have yielded an assist.

Bevis Mugabi 5.0: Deployed at his preffered centre back position and rarely put a foot wrong although the pace and trickery of Yamikani Chemster.

Murushid Jjuuko 5.0: He was calm and collected at the heart of defence until he was hauled off after suffering an injury.

Khalid Aucho 5.5: He combined well with Mike Azira in the centre of the pack but later suffered an injury that saw him replaced by Taddeo Lwanga.

Mike Azira 7.5: He dictated play with his long and short range passes and did make the Cranes tick. Arguably, the Man of the Match.

Luwagga Kizito 5.5: He started slow but improved as the Cranes gained grip on the game. He created a beautiful chance for Miya which the latter missed before he was replaced by Allan Okello.

Farouk Miya 4.0: His effort and energy was on show but failed to replicate his club form.

Fahad Bayo 6.0: He scored a centre forward’s goal with calmness and composure to make up for his missed opportunities in the first half.

Emmanuel Okwi 6.0: He opened the scoring with a good goal and he tracked back to defend when Cranes attacked.

Substitutes

Timothy Denis Awany 5.0: Surprisingly left out of the starting eleven but came on for injured Jjuuko and did well.

Allan Okello 5.0: A nervous debut for the young lad but rarely troubled the experienced Malawi defence.

Taddeo Lwanga 5.0: Replaced injured Aucho and did well.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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