Despite heading into the final group match top of the standings, Uganda Cranes bowed out of the 2022 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) after losing 3-1 to Ivory Coast.
The Cranes put up a better a show especially in the second half but their best wasn’t enough and here is how they rated on the evening.
Alionzi Nafian 5
Cranes hero in the win over Senegal but conceded for the first time in the tournament and surely could do less for all goals he conceded. He made two brilliant saves late on to keep score line respectable.
James Begisa 5
He was caught out of possession on several occasions but recovered well. Put in a few decent crosses in the area.
Derrick Ndahiro 4
Not assured as usual and was in a wrong position for the Ivorians second goal as the ball was played him.
Gift Fred 4
Acquitted himself well in the opening exchanges but was easily beaten when the Ivorians went in attack as seen with the third goal and was also late to cover for Ndahiro for goal number two.
Geoffrey Wasswa 5
Fortunate not to give away a penalty with his untimed sliding tackle and was in sixes and sevens whenever the West Africans attacked.
Kenneth Ssemakula 6
One of the few best performers for Cranes as he looked assured in front of the back four and explains why the opponents preffered to go wide on most occasions. Filled in at centre back when Gift Fred was rested.
Karim Watambala 4
Preffered ahead of Marvin Youngman but looked idealess with the ball
Moses Waiswa 3
Kept his cool to slot home from the spot and keep the game alive but lacklustre all through. Despite his experience, he didn’t have the best of tournaments.
Rogers Mato 5
He won the penalty for Uganda and his pace kept the Ivorians on tenterhooks but not his decision making.
Milton Karisa 7
The captain didn’t deserve to be on the losing side as he gave it all at both ends of the pitch. A willing worker who tracked back and twice tested Folly in Ivory Coast goal.
Frank Ssebuufu 5
Saw his headed saved by Folly early in the game. Huffed and puffed but with no steady supply but shockingly replaced when Micho threw on the creativity players
Travis Mutyaba 7
He showed Micho why he deserved more game time with his willingness to take the ball to opponents. He created a couple of opportunities and was denied a goal by Folly and the cross bar.
Titus Ssematimba 6
Kept out by Folly when set up by Karisa. His introduction along with Mutyaba showed the other side of the Cranes that is not timid to attack.
Nelson Ssenkatuka 5
Sent his effort agonisingly forward after a good through pass but an improvement
Moses Aliro N/a
Ibrahim Oriti N/a