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From Lwanga To Okwi: How The Cranes Players Rated Against Burkina Faso

The Uganda Cranes were held to a goalless draw at home to Burkina Faso on Wednesday in the Africa cup of nations qualifiers.

It was a game that saw Uganda create the better chances but the goal could just not come for them.

Joseph Ochaya shot straight at Koffi Herve in the visitors goal while both Faruku Miya and Ibrahim Orit saw efforts come off the frame of the goal.

The result means the Cranes stay in second spot with 8 points, one drift of leaders Burkina Faso.

Abdallah Mubiru’s side now need to avoid defeat in Malawi on Monday to seal qualification to the AFCON finals in Cameroon next year.

Here is how the Uganda Cranes rated on Wednesday;

Denis Onyango 6.5
Never really called into action but was commanding like he has always been and his distribution was top notch throughout the afternoon. He however must have been relieved to see Charles Kabore’s effort sail over in the first half.

Nicholas Wadada 7.0
Excellent positioning and tactical discipline was what Wadada offered on an afternoon that saw him make a return to the starting team having lost his spot to Bevis Mugabi, recently. Save for the early nerves, the Azam FC right back barely put a foot wrong on the day.

Joseph Ochaya 6.0
Solid at the back and always looked to create with his decent left foot. Twice shot in the wall from free kicks and he should have done better when presented with a chance to score only to fire into the gloves of Koffi, after finding himself in space inside the area.

Murushid Juuko 6.0
On his return to the national team, the Express FC defender was solid all afternoon. He , however, must have had his heart in the hands as he let a routine bouncing ball fall behind him and nearly conceded a goal scoring chance but Onyango bailed him out.

Halid Lwaliwa 7.0
Lwaliwa put up a strong claim for a starting role in Malawi and beyond with a top notch performance on Wednesday. Allowed Betrand Traore to run in-behind him in the first half but recovered well and forced the forward to handle in the area for a free kick.

Mike Azira 5.0
Subbed off at halftime. Azira barely did anything wrong in the first half and his substitution must have been tactical.

Tadeo Lwanga 8.0
Stepping into the shoes of a seasoned performer is not easy but Lwanga executed his role well. He was booked early but managed to stay away from trouble to ensure the Cranes don’t go a man down.

Faruku Miya 6.0
More often than not, Miya looked to be Uganda’s hope in the final third. Twice shot at Koffi but his energetic runs caused the Stallions issues throughout afternoon. He found himself one-on-one with Koffi only to side-foot his attempt on the post.

Abdu Lumala 3.0
In what was his debut outing on Ugandan soil, Lumala barely impressed and conceded far too much possession on the afternoon. Barely beating his man, the Pyramids FC winger was a disappointment. Rightly dubbed off at halftime.

Emmanuel Okwi 2.0
Uncharacteristically, Okwi disappointed on Wednesday as he created close to nothing going forward. Surprised he played the entire 90 minutes.

Patrick Kaddu 5.5
Looked a lonely figure upfront in the 55 minutes he played but held the ball high-up-the-pitch, well, whenever need arose. Forced Koffi into a low save from a shot outside the area in the first half.

Substitutes

Ibrahim Orit 7.5
Added the much needed energy going forward after coming on at halftime. The tricky winger was unlucky to see his header come off the post midway the second half.

Moses Waiswa 7.0
Waiswa was impressive in the 45 minutes he got on his return to the team. Added creativity to the midfield and could have grabbed an assist only for Miya’s effort to hit the post after he had played the Turkish based playmaker in, off a brilliant pin-point cross.

Fahad Bayo 5.0
Linked up play well after coming on for Kaddu with 35 minutes to play but could not get onto any decent pass to try and hand the Cranes all three points.

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