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From Lukwago to Ssekajugo: How The Uganda Cranes Players Rated Against Rwanda

The Uganda Cranes drew 0-0 with Rwanda in their opening group C CHAN game on Sunday.

Johnathan McKinstry’s side were lacklustre on the day and rarely threatened the Amavubi Stars’ goal.

KCCA FC striker Brian Aheebwa came closest to netting for the Cranes but his fierce first half strike was deflected out for just a corner.

Rwanda twice hit the woodwork and must feel they deserved better on a day they dominated most of the proceedings.

The draw leaves both sides joint-second in the group, two points behind leaders Morocco who defeated Togo 1-0 in the day’s other contest.

Group C action will resume on Friday with Uganda taking on Togo will Rwanda faces Morocco.


Here is how the Cranes players rated on Monday;

Charles Lukwago 7.5
Rarely tested on the day but his handling and distribution was on-point. Was lucky to see two efforts including one he pushed onto the head of Jacques Tuyisenge’s hit, only find the frame of the goal.

Paul Willa 5.5
Found difficulty dealing with the Rwanda left flank and lost possession, easily, on several occasions. Was booked in the second half for a clumsy foul but was cautious there after, avoiding another situation that could have seen him sent off.

Aziz Kayondo 4.5
Known for his abilities to move forward but rarely got a chance to do exactly that as he was constantly occupied at the back. Had an off-day at offices as per his usual standards.

Kayondo (Left) is taken down as he tried to beat his opponent. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)

Mustafa Mujuzi 7.5
Mujuzi, on several occasions, was required to deal with the energetic Tuyisenge and came out on top more often than not. Was one of the biggest reasons as to why Uganda managed to shutdown the Amavubi Stars.

Mujuzi (Right) tries to stop Tuyisenge on Monday.

Patrick Mbowa 7.0
A surprise inclusion ahead of captain-Halid Lwaliwa but will pride in the fact that he and the team managed a clean sheet. Calm in possession and his distribution and positioning was top notch throughout the afternoon.

Shafick Kagimu 5.5
Barely influenced the game in the middle and was often caught out leaving the back four exposed. He never the less grew into the game as it wore on.

Bright Anukani 4.5
One of the two players tasked to create for the team through the middle but failed miserably. Taken off at halftime in a move that must have not surprised many.

Karim Watambala 5.0
Occasionally exhibited great feet as he beat one or two opposing players but also failed to create enough for the attackers to feed on.

Joackim Ojera 6.0
The URA FC winger showcased his speed on the wing on several occasions but could not find the right supply for the team to feed on. Glanced an early header wide from a Watambala free kick in what was the game’s first chance.

Milton Kalisa N.A
Kalisa could not be rated as he got off injured after only 14 minutes.

Vianni Ssekajugo 3.0
Barely had any sort of impact and was taken off at halftime.

Ssekajugo (Left) in action on Monday.

Substitutes

Brian Aheebwa 6.0
Surprisingly started on the bench and only came on after Kalisa’s injury. When he stepped onto the pitch, he gave the team a new dimension and got him self in several good positions despite not troubling the Rwanda shot stopper.

Tonny Mawejje 6.0
The team looked more composed after he came on at halftime. The veteran midfielder also saw a left-footed shot charged down after racing his way into the box, early in the second half.

Ben Ocen 5.5
Also came on at the start of the second half and was a big improvement on Ssekajugo down the left. Despite several runs at the Rwanda defence, the Police FC attacker couldn’t force the issue in the end.

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