Geoffrey Massa deservedly owned the headlines after a man of the match performance with two fine goals but not far behind him was playmaker Luwagga Kizito, who ran Guinea rugged all night.
Ugandan football has for years on end cried out loud for a midfielder capable of showing his markers a clean pair of heels before threading an incisive, decisive ball to his striker.
In Luwagga, Cranes just may have discovered that player. The mazy run from inside his half past hapless Guinean defenders Sankoh Baissama and Sory Bangoura to set up Massa’s second strike was the kind of goal seldom witnessed in Uganda Cranes matches.
If that assist for Uganda’s decisive goal was magnificent, it paled in comparison to the second half moment when Khalid Aucho denied Luwagga the assist of the year.
Luwagga left Bangoura for dead with a fine turn of pace before hypnotizing Fode Camara and teeing the most inviting of balls for Aucho. An expectant Namboole stadium rose hoping to see a goal made from the heavens, only for Aucho’s pile driver to miss by inches after after a brave Camara block.
No doubt this was not Aucho’s night to score. In the first half, Luwagga had delivered the sweetest of balls for Aucho but the latter miscued the pass into the skies with his weaker right foot.
Like he did in Kumasi, Luwagga showed a willingness to take on marker after marker.
If there is a downside to his game, it is the inconsistency of his final ball.
Still, he is a pleasure to treasure for Cranes and one whose form and fitness will be key if Uganda is to reach a first Nations Cup final in 37 years.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor