CRANES’ PLAYER RATINGS

stronDennis Onyango: 6stronThe Cranes custodian commanded his backline well and was untroubled. For a moment, his orange boots were busier with floating aerial balls to the midfield than his gloves forcing a save.

stronDenis Guma: 6.5stronHe had good movements on the right flank. Despite looking shaky in the first 30 minutes Guma hardly gave Khalil Ahmed’s quick feet much time on the ball. He was involved in the Majwega’s opener.stronGodfrey Walusimbi: 7stron

His return from suspension must have relieved Micho of the left-back worries. He controlled that flank and was involved in one-twos with Massa before the Pretoria University striker calmly scored Uganda’s second.

stronIsaac Isinde: 6stron

He was solid alongside Andy Mwesigwa and made El Id El Hacen’s life difficult until the latter was replaced by Sanba El Voualay.

stronAndrew Mwesigwa: 7stron

The skipper was confident in his tackles and controlled the movements of his backline well. He made two game-winning tacles in the second half.

stronGeoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito: 6.5stron

He provided the flesh for the Cranes when they seemed thin in the middle and decently protected the back four

stronFarouq Miya: 5.5stron

Often, Miya had himself in the right positions but his presence didn’t give much impact on the Cranes’ offensive display. Not impactful but decent competitive debut for the Vipers youngster

stronMoses Oloya: 5stron

He was lucky to play the entire game. He had his switch on and off, lacked ideas.

stron Luwagga Kizito: 6stronHis pace put Camara Khassa and Moussa Baghayoko out of position. He needed more time before paving way for Majwega.

stronBrian Umony: 5stronOwing to the physical presence of Abdoul Bochar, Umony had his headers off-target. Forced a decent save from Brahim Soulemane with a telling curler before paving way for Emmanuel Okwi.

stronGeoffrey Massa: 7.5stronHe was a big thorn in Mauritania’s flesh. He made solo runs, put wingers into play and not only scored a 70th minute beauty but also put Uganda closest to the door of Group E.

stronBrian Majwega: 7stronHe positioned himself well to break the deadlock on 48 minutes. He gave Walusimbi good backup.

stronEmmanuel Okwi: 5 stronHe did not look 100 per cent fit but he showed the hunger for a goal.

stronMicho Sredojevic: 6stronMany pundits must have criticised the Serb’s half-time substitution of Luwagga, who had looked better before recess, but it duly paid minutes later.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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