Uganda Cranes XI versus Ivory Coast Credit: FUFA

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

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Ibrahim Oriti N/a

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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  1. If Uganda’s football is to go forward, we must leave “dimuula” kind of football typical of African football. We are tired of this kind of football you people of FUFA. We learn nothing and always forgot nothing. Look at European and South American football, always not dimuula football. Why has it become difficult for us to adopt this kind of football. We have played dimuula football in Uganda and Africa at large as long as i remember and never do we progress anywhere apart from within Africa where it is commonly played. We always suffer miserably simply and partly because we have refused to leave dimuula kind of football. When i watched Ugandan Crane playing in CHAN ( Algeria). You really wonder whether these guys and their coach take time to watch successful European or South American football to learn from or not. It’s a petty but what i can assure all Ugandans is that unless we adopt patient and passing football, we shall never do much in the Football world of today. Second most of our players even ball control is very difficult later alone good passing and that is why always it is dimuula. I really get bored with this kind of football every time i try to watch. When are we going to learn from the best in football to adopt their style of play at minimum!

  2. Moving always in circles thinking it is may be the manager or players will do little but let us change our style of play. You watch the best leagues in the world. Look at their style of play vs ours here in Uganda.
    For God and My Country.

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