Here, we take a look at the best players to have represented Uganda in this decade that has seen the team play two AFCON tourneys, won three CECAFA senior challenge championships, played at four Chan tourneys and two world cup qualifying campaigns.
It’s a difficult task, but an interesting one.
I have gone for longevity; ahead of anything else and this has left some players like Michael Azira, Andy Mwesigwa, Moses Oloya, Luwagga Kizito, Baba Kizito, Ibra Ssekagya among others miss out.
Players on the list, have been with the Cranes for at least five years.
With the team gifted with explosive fullbacks (2 and 3), wide men in the midfield have been ignored, mainly to accommodate both Hassan Wasswa and Tony Mawejje.
Goalkeeper – Denis Onyango
An obvious choice. I have run out of superlatives for ‘Mr Safe Hands’. He has been consistent since making his debut way back in 2005, helping the team to qualify for two AFCONs.
Note: Onyango conceded only twice in 2017 AFCON qualifying campaign.
Right Back – Denis Iguma
Tight but Iguma takes the nod. Very pivotal since making his senior in debut 2013. One of the few versatile players to have put a Cranes Jersey in recent memory.
Nicholas Wadada has been a good contender to Iguma’s throne.
Left Back – Godfrey Walusimbi
One of the most known figures in the Cranes team. Recognised by many as ‘Jaja Walu’.
Very solid at the back and good going forward with his explosive outbursts. A leader and good penalty taker as well. He will be missed after calling an end to his International career recently.
Centre Back: Murushid Juuko and Isaac Isinde
The pair has played in the years when Cranes achieved her best success in the decade.
Andy Mwesigwa would beat any of the above for a place but I have gone for longevity as his career came to an end inside the first years of 2010s.
Hassan Wasswa – Another versatile player on the team who can be utilised in the heart of defence. Energetic and sets up play going forward.
He has taken a while without featuring for the team and many believe that he still has what it takes to put on the national colours.
A good passer of the ball, an architect in the middle of the park.
Khalid Aucho – Mr Dependable. Very workaholic, tracks back when the team lose possession and bridges the gap between the defence and front-line.
Farouk Miya – Early to the ranks of the senior team and he has never disappointed. A good creative attacker with an eye for the goal. His best moment came when he scored that goal that took Uganda to 2017 AFCON.
Geoffrey Massa – That forward everyone will want to have. Energetic, strong foot, good in the air, a good runner who unsettled defences and a leader. He needed many chances at times.
Emmanuel Okwi – Cool, calm and collected. He is a lethal weapon with an ability to beat off opponents. Very comfortable playing on the left flank and his game and improved each passing year.