August 15, 2013

Uganda player ratings v Egypt

International friendly

Egypt 3 Uganda 0

Etoile Du Sahel striker Emma Okwi did not have a very good game partly because the supply from the midfield was also not very effective
Etoile Du Sahel striker Emma Okwi did not have a very good game partly because the supply from the midfield was also not very effective

Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup champions Uganda lost 3-0 to six time African champions Egypt on Wednesday in an international friendly played in El Gouna. We bring you the ratings of the Ugandan team.

Robert Odongkara – (8) The St George goalkeeper once again showed that he is in excellent form. With good game reading he made good saves and also had four vital times in one-on-one situations. He conceded one goal before he was replaced.

Nicholas Wadada – (4) Another bad day in office for the defender who has been playing top league for in Uganda for three seasons. He was out paced several times by Muhamed Salah and had poor positioning.

Geoffrey Walusimbi – (6) The left sided defender who has refused to return to his club Don Bosco in DR Congo had a fair day considering the fact that he has only played national team football since March 2013. He made some good interceptions, although he should have done better to stop the movement for the second goal.

Isaac Isinde – (7) He started showed some signs of panic in the first half but returned strongly to keep the Egyptian strikers at bay with good movement and game reading.

Andy Mwesigwa – (5) He did not have a very good day although he lasted only 45 minutes. Perhaps the muscle strain he sustained 10 minutes into play affected his general attitude.

Hassan Wasswa Mawanda – (5) The midfielder who skippered Uganda to 2014 CHAN qualification was not at his best as he also failed to control a pass and the fault resulted into Uganda conceding a second goal. Defensively he was caught off in the midfield on several occasions.

Denis Iguma – (5) The usually hard working SC Victoria University player did not look so lively and only made one good break early in the game which missed the target. He did not push forward occasionally in search of goal like he is expected to.

Tonny Mawejje – (4) The Iceland based professional had one of his worst games with most of the balls he tries to control simply deserting him. He was later replaced.

Martin Mutumba – (4) The AIK midfielder who played against Manchester United last week was not at his best, although he complained after the game that the hot weather in El Gouna was his undoing.

Emmanuel Okwi – (5) He had two clear chances to score for Uganda but failed to do what he does best. The Etoile Du Sahel striker did not have a very good game partly because the supply from the midfield was also not very effective although he kept the Egyptian defence on their toes.

Geoffrey Massa – (4) He looked completely unfit and did not give the Egyptian defenders lots of hard time as he was muscled off the ball with ease. The usually lively and hard-working striker also looked like he was carrying an injury.

 Substitutes:

Dennis Onyango – (5) The Bidvest Wits University goalkeeper tried his best considering the fact he has not had match fitness in a long while. He should have stopped the second goal, though, as he failed to keep watch of the near post.

Frank Kalanda – (2) The striker who was making his third appearance for the national team was at his worst, as ball controlling also proved a problem for him and he kept running without purpose.

Richard Kasagga – (7) He remains one of the most consistent players since helping Uganda qualify for the 2014 CHAN. The Kira Young defender showed that he has a good sense of judgement and positioning. He made several good interceptions.

Joseph Mpande – (5) Although he came on later in the second half, he had an average evening and was out-paced by the Egyptians on several occasions.

Brian Majwega – (7) This gifted KCCA FC midfielder looks very comfortable on the ball and surely has no respect for the opponents. He changed the tide of the game with some good runs and passing.

Robert Ssentongo – (4) The St George player did not show that he was a hungry striker who came on as a dangerous substitute to bring Uganda back into the game.

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