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John Vianney Nsimbe gives a lowdown on Uganda’s 13 players that featured against Mauritania.

Dennis Onyango: His involvement in play as an outlet to receive the ball from team-mates closed down. His kicks were also accurate, as he initiated quick breaks and also was imposing in the air picking up the crosses. 710

Dennis Guma: Pretty solid at the back, as he also ventured forward quite a lot although the crosses weren’t on as required of a right-back. But won possession and had some good interceptions as was his passing range. 810

Godfrey Walusimbi: Back from a two game suspension, Wazza played like he had really missed The Cranes. He was always a good outlet in taking Cranes forward with good inter-play. But was unbeatable at the back. 810

Isaac Isinde: Always popped up with long cross-field passes for a counter-attack and also passed the ball well. However, the few scary moments for the fans came as a result of his indecisiveness and laxity, losing possession in critical areas. 610

Andy Mwesigwa: The Skipper has taken a lot of stick lately for his shaky displays. But this time, he was solid and quite assured in passing both long and short. His marking inside the opponent’s shirt denied Mauritania’s attackers any scoring opportunities. 710

Geoffrey Kizito ‘Baba’: His display was the kind to earn him a longer contract. His ball distribution was good, as was his clean tackling and interceptions to win back possession. He set the game tempo and dictated the direction of the ball enabling team-mates to find running spaces. 910

Farouq Miya: At least he made a memorable debut offering both defensive and offensive support to the team. His passing was as good as that of the more established Cranes players and he played with no fear but with lots of energy and desire. 710

Kizito Luwagga: The fact that he was substituted at half-time didn’t make for good reading. As a creative player, donning the famous shirt ten, he didn’t break defence as expected, as a lot of his attempted dribbles were unsuccessful. He had a number of negative passes and he is more talented than he showed. 510

Moses Oloya: The first half wasn’t as eventful for him as was the second half when he helped stretch the Mauritania defence out on the wing with his messy runs. But he also didn’t play with the required sense of urgency and maturity because he did many things to enjoy himself than for the team’s good, as he over-dribbled and lost possession. 610

Brian Umony: Yet to acquire match sharpness since he just recently returned from injury, Umony just had one shot on target. Besides, he only had four complete passes and was easy picking for the Mauritania defence. 410

Geoffrey Massa: He changed his approach in the second half and with it came a massive improvement from him, which saw him score a ‘sexy’ second goal for The Cranes. But was caught offside many times. 710

Brian Majwega: Brought width to the left-side, as his directness troubled the Mauritanians. The fact that he scored Cranes opener show what an inspired substitution he was. 810

Emma Okwi: Tried to set up Massa for a third goal, as his speed turned out to be a handful for the visitors too although his touches on the ball weren’t as many- seven complete passes. 610

Source : The Observer

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