Uganda Cranes player ratings against Eastern Region select

Winger Living ‘Messi’ Kabon in action for the Uganda Cranes against Eastern Region team

On the dusty and barren Kamuli Park Municipal stadium, the 2017 national team Regional Tours started on Sunday with Uganda Cranes 3-0 success story past Eastern select.

Proline striker Nelson Senkatuka, SC Villa midfielder Martin Kizza and team captain Emmanuel Okwi (SC Villa) were on target for Uganda Cranes with all the three goals coming in the first 45 minutes.

Kawowo Sports’ David Isabirye was in the stands and followed the proceedings of the match to rate out of 10 all the 22 players who played.

Nicholas Ssebwato (G.K) 5: Like the unused goalie Muhammed Sekabba of Mbarara City, the Bright Stars goalkeeper was the least involved of the 23 man team squad that traveled to Kamuli.

He was hardly tested for the 45 minutes he featured in the match.

 Joseph Nsubuga 6: Made key stops to first half substitute Saddam Kazindula and also assisted up front on the counter. He had a hand in the opening goal

Hassan Musana 5: The BUL Football Club left back was not troubled. He often bought off special time to attack up front

Savio Kabugo 5: Steadily returning to form. He assisted in building  play from the back and as strong as ever in the back

Allan Anguyo 4.5: The signs of nervousness for the Maroons center back showed off especially in the opening 10 minutes. He settled in well as minutes moved by. Strong in the air and easily battled the big forward Malangu of Busia Fisheries.

Abel Eturude 6: Creative as ever. His partnership with Kagimu in the middle of the pack paid off as they dominated the midfield.

Shafik Kagimu 6.5: He shone especially with the accurate short passes and quick reaction. Easily out played David Bagoole in the midfield and could often drift to the left. He was fouled for the free-kick that led to the third goal.

Emmanuel Okwi (Captain) 7.5: A five star performance on the evening. Led the inexperienced teammates with purpose. He still has the pace and passing finesse. Most importantly, he was on the mark to cap the icing on the cake with a well curled free-kick for the third goal.

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Emmanuel Arnold Okwi returned to the national team fold with a strong statement of intent.  He was arguably the best player on the day

Nelson Senkatuka 7: The Proline center forward has continued to master the box runs and positioning. He perfected just that to volley home the opening goal on the day. One of the best performers on the day.

Martin Kizza 7: Fans loved his fancy step overs and confidence on the ball. His dribbles were this time purposeful and was lucky to score a distant free-kick as though it seemed like a gift from goalie Hannington Ssebwalunyo.

Second half team:

Keni Saidi (G.K) 6.5: The Proline goalkeeper is the reason Uganda Cranes did not concede any goal in Kamuli. Made two darling saves off Juubu Malangu and David Bagoole

Allan Drajua 5: He had an interesting time with the pacy Ibrahim Kazindula. He made a few crosses on the offensive

Arafat Galiwango 5.5: The lanky left back was a joy to watch. He had the composure to tame the opposition backline stopping the creative Saddam Kazindula on several times and building play from the backline with confidence.

Rashid ‘Mertasacker’ Toha 5.5: In Arua, he is either termed as the minister of defence or Mertasacker, after the Germany international defender. He helped the team a lot in thwarting the aerial challenges. He easily out jumped Malangu and Rajab Abdulrahman at all times.

Brian Nsubuga 5: Silent but a good executor. He remains a rare species of the old age typical libero backline player where he rarely crosses the center line. He is good in the air like Toha, his partner in the match. His blemish was a weak clearance that nearly caused problems for the national team

Juma Ibrahim Saddam 5.5: He possessed the ball the usual way he is known and had a perfect combination with Hood Mulikyi in the middle of the pack. Captained the second half team

Hood Mulikyi 5: He was a wonderful passer of the ball often beaten by the physicality of the opponents. Combined well with Kabong, Saddam and Tabu but were all let down by the final ball.

Vitalis Abdulmalick Tabu 5: Tested goalie Aziz Omonyi most in the second half. Fell back to build play from the half way mark and looked lively.

Had one blocked shot and on target apiece as well as two off target.

 Living ‘Messi’ Kabong 4.5: Looked timid on the first time of asking he donned the national team jersey. The Onduparaka crafty midfielder has a lot of room for improvement.

 Hood Kawesa 4.5: Failed to sparkle as the big center forward although he was the better player in physical contests. He fought gallantly, had two blocked shots but sadly, failed to find the back of the net – an ingredient expected of striker.

Villa Oromchan 4.5: Like Kawesa, he was easily pocketed by the big defender Najib Yusuf. You could hardly recall the shots on target from the BUL forward

Unused sub: Muhammed Ssekebba (Goalkeeper)