Uganda Cranes registered a historical 0-2 win against DR Congo on Saturday in their opening Total AFCON 2019 group A match to send the East African side to the summit of the group ahead of hosts Egypt.
The Cranes win was so convincing that, many felt the score line should have read different but none the less took it with both hands.
And although the three were the main architects of the win, several other players were excellent too like Mike Azira who provided the brains alongside muscle man Aucho in midfield.
Farouk Miya who was very outstanding and my man of the match because of his excellent linkup play and accurate ball distribution as his two assists for Patrick Kaddu and Emmanuel Okwi were just the icing.
New boys Bevis Mugabi and Abdul Lumala also made a big case for themselves and coach Sebastien Disabre who threw them straight into the fray with descent outings and credit to them did not disappoint or put a foot wrong.
Most of the players followed their instructions to the dot and played to their strengths with Patrick Kaddu taking advantage of a shaky Congolese defense to glance in that header for the opening goal and also doing great with hold up play upfront.
This is how the rest of the players rated according to our analysis.
- Denis Onyango rating 7/10 He was rarely troubled in goal and came to action when called especially that dive on the left where he tipped off the off a Strike for a corner kick. As captain he commanded well as the Captain.
- Bevis Mugabi rating 7.5/10 as a new face on the team sheet, he did extremely well to keep Westharm’s Arthur Masuaka in check especially in the first half the few times he burst forward, he also had some dangerous crosses.
- Godfrey Walusimbi rating 6/10 the usually lively left back was unusually quiet this time with no usual outbursts upfront and crosses were minimal although he did the job on the defensive side.
- Murshidi Jjuko rating 7/10 had a few scares early in the first half but was overall solid in the back line alongside the experienced Hassan Wasswa had timely interventions.
- Hassan Wasswa Mawanda rating 6/10 Cleared his lines timely on the sweeper’s role as his partnership with Jjuko clicks. His maturity always came in handy.
- Mike Azira rating 8/10 did a good mop-up job albeit in clean manner employing physic with brains and covered well in front of the back four and also used the ball well when in possession.
- Emmanuel Arnold Okwir rating 7.5/10 although he was the official Man of the Match, overall had a quiet game at least to his standards and missed some chances but his winning goal was a class act that brought back his energy late on.
- Khalid Aucho rating 8/10 He put his muscles to good use and destabilized the Congolese as he constantly disrupted their slow build up play. His passing was also superb and was contender for Man of the match.
- Farouk Miya ratings 8.5/10 As earlier stated he had good linkup play and was all over the pitch making things happen full of energy which was a surprise considering he usually plays as a target man in and around the box but was just brilliant and capped it all with two assists on set piece.
- Patrick Kaddu rating 8/10 Just like Mya was also very lively and was sometimes seen taking on defenders on the wings. His goal was a combination of a poacher’s instinct and agility
- Abdul Lumala rating 7.5/10 new kid on the block was fantastic on the flanks and had a super field day on his first night out.
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