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From Mwirusi To Aheebwa: How KCCA Players Rated Against KMKM

KCCA grabbed their first win at the on-going CECAFA Kagame Cup on Thursday thanks to Herbert Achai strike in the first half.

The Morley Byekwaso side looked improved from the side that lost 2-0 to Azam FC in their Group B opener.

Here is how the players ranked in the victory:

Goalkeeper

Ali Mwirusi – Started ahead of Hassan Matovu and repaid Morley Byekwaso’s faith. Outstanding with a couple of saves, great ball distribution and good communicator. Easily saved a shot from Mohamed Saidi and kept out Abdul-rahman Othman Ali long ranger in the opening 15 minutes. Was lucky when Saidi hit the bottom post but always came out prepared whenever he was called into action. Clean sheet says it all. 8/10

Defenders

Denis Iguma – He was made to work the entire evening as much of the KMKM attacks went through his avenue but managed to absorb the pressure. Made a timely clearance with the ball seemingly set to cross the line. 6/10

Herbert Achai – Scored the all important goal on the night. Made an interception to steal the ball, passed to Aheebwa who found Anukani, he chased on Anukani’s through ball and neatly finished on the near post. Did not get involved so much thereafter though. 7/10

Denis Iguma (left). KCCA FC photo

Musa Ramathan – Lived dangerously throughout and struggled to contain the KMKM forwards. Poor in the air and slow in transition. He however stood firm and combined well with Magambo to come out of the game alive. 5/10

Peter Magambo – His poor clearance that landed on Saidi Mwinyi almost costed the team at the stroke of halftime but the forward fired over the bar. Managed to stabilise from thereafter as KCCA held on for their first win. 5/10

Midfielders

Gift Ali – Played without the armband which he wore in the loss to Azam. Provided the wall to the defence on most occasion. Occupied the right spaces to stop the attacks but offered nothing going forward. 6/10

Ashraf Mugume – Also did the donkey work just like Gigi. Covered the whole ground and looked firm. Produced much with defensive responsibility and was much involved going forward. 6.5/10

Brian Majwega – Played in front of Achai on the left flank. Saw his beautiful cross headed by Poloto on the crossbar. Was up and down throughout but failed to impact the game. Blazed the indirect freekick over the bar. Not better than his debut against Azam FC. 5/10

Forwards:

Bright Anukani

Bright Anukani – He was bright in the first half but anonymous in the second half before he was withdrawn for Juma Balinya. Will take the credit for setting that Achai goal though. 5/10

Julius Poloto – Wore the armband on the night and the win and performance may convince the gaffer to stick him for the present and future captaincy duties. He did his cut-inside perfectly. Was unlucky to head onto the crossbar. Gave the ball away a lot more cheaply and was taken off for Samson Kigozi with 20 minutes still to play. 6.5/10

Julius Poloto in action. KCCA FC photo

Brian Aheebwa: Was non existent on most occasions partly due to little supply. Involved in the goal for the hockey assist. Kept the defenders at a bay but he will feel that he needs to do more if he is to command a starting place. Paved way for Charles Lwanga in the 71st minute. 5/10

Substitutes

Juma Balinya – Came on for Anukani. Failed to grab a highlight in the 30 minutes and it will be hard for him to convince Morley Byekwaso to hand him a starting berth.

Charles Lwanga – Replaced Brian Aheebwa in the 71st minute. Almost scored with a swift turn but the keeper was equal to the effort.

Samson Kigozi – On for Julius Poloto in the 71st minute. Thrown into the defensive duties and tried to help Iguma at the back.

Yasser Mugerwa – Handed his debut with three minutes to go when he came on for Gift Ali. Nothing to report in that cameo appearance.


Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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