Uganda 3-0 Rwanda | Uganda Cranes player ratings

CHAN 2018 Qualifiers | Final Round, 1st Leg

  • Uganda Cranes 3-0 Rwanda Amavubi Stars
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Uganda Cranes XI that faced Rwanda at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Saturday

It was a comprehensive first leg performance for the home side as Uganda Cranes blushed aside visiting Rwanda Amavubi Stars 3-0 in the CHAN qualifiers at St Mary’s stadium, Kitende on Saturday.

KCCA creative midfielder Muzamiru Mutyaba scored a brace before club mate Derrick Nsibambi wrapped up the business as interim coaches Fred Kajoba and Moses Basena got off a winning start.

Kawowo Sports’ David Isabirye was in the stands and rates the home team players.

Ismael Watenga (G.K) – 6.5

Rarely tested until the final 10 minutes of the game when the Amavubi Stars rallied to pull back at least a goal.

The Vipers shot stopper was booked early in the first half by Burundian FIFA Referee Pacifique Ndabihawenimana.

He tamed a couple of 50/50 attempts from the AS Kigali duo of Barnabe Mubumbyi and left winger Savio Dominique Nshuti.

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Muzamir Mutyaba and Nicholas Wadada celebrate the second goal

Nico Wakiro Wadada – 7.5

Every time Wadada is in action, fond memories of retired Uganda Cranes players as Richard Malinga and Simeon Masaba come up.

Full of life, energy and passion, Wadada does it like his predecessors at the right back role.

Recovered swiftly from a heavy knock barely 5 minutes to the game to stage one of his best performances in national team colours.

The Vipers skipper, who also assumed the captain’s role in the second half after Muwanga’s replacement assisted in two goals – the second and third.

He defended well against AS Kigali dangerman Savio Dominque Nshuti and as well perfected the customary lung bursting runs down the right.

Isaac Muleme – 6.5

Recovered from a slow start in the first half to stage an outstanding second half display.

He was quick to tame Thierry Manzi’s threat on every attempt and assisted in building play from the back.

The diminutive KCCA left back also spared time to contribute to the team’s attacking cause.

Often times, he would execute that sweet diagonal ball for the forwards and also, engaged Shafiq Kagimu.

Paul Musamali – 6.5

Musamali was always well positioned to tame any threat by the opposition.

The partnership with Kabugo could be termed experimental but it gelled the hard way.

The KCCA left footer excelled with timely tackles, ball distribution and wild clearances.

Savio Kabugo – 4.5

Given his aerial advantage, Kabugo battled well for the ball in air over AS Kigali lanky striker Barnabe Mubumbyi and his replacement Abeddy Biramahire of Police FC.

He was once beaten to an aerial ball played in from Nshuti’s curling corner when Mubumbyi headed out with goalkeeper Watenga beaten.

Often slow at decision making, Kabugo recovered well as the game progressed.

He was among the 3 Uganda Cranes booked for unsporting play in the opening 45 minutes.

Team captains Bernard Muwanga and Djihad Bizimana with the match referees prior to kick off

Bernard Muwanga – 4.5

The SC Villa Jogoo utility players started as the team anchorman and captain.

He lost a couple of balls and contests with Yannick Mukunzi and skipper Djihad Bizimana.

On a positive note however, Muwanga could block the passes intended to penetrate the Uganda Cranes midfield.

He was booked for a malicious tackle on Mukunzi and it was not surprising when he became the sacrificial lamb in that early change for newly signed Vipers’ player Tom Masiko.

Milton Karisa prior to kick off ahead of the Uganda Cranes versus Rwanda match during the first leg

Milton Karisa – 7

Karisa was full of energy and directness. He had a hand in all Uganda Cranes’ goals on the day.

Pacy, quick at decision making and a good dribbler of the ball, the Vipers winger cum forward applied all these ingredients.

His only blemish in the game was that moment in the second half when he twice beat the opponents for pace, but staggered with the final ball.

A squared ball to the all alone forwards would have given Basena and Kajoba’s side a basket of goals ahead of the second leg.

Moses Waiswa – 7.5

Moses Waiswa was the fulcrum of play for Uganda Cranes against Rwanda on Saturday.

Teammates benefited a lot from his quick thinking antics, precise passes and elegant runs on and off the ball.

He was a marvel and as eye catching as the December 31st fire works over dark Kampala skylines at the dawn of every year calendar.

The Vipers play maker combined well with Muzamiru Mutyaba, Milton Karisa, Shafiq Kagimu and Derrick Nsibambi to torment the Rwandese.

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Muzamir Mutyaba (shirt 10) and Moses Waiswa (6) celebrates one of his goals against Rwanda

Muzamiru Mutyaba – 8.5

What an incredible evening at office from the creative gem!

He started the game as a second striker slightly behind the main center forward – Derrick Nsibambi and did not disappoint at all.

Mutyaba’s two goals on the red letter day were a wrap up of the genius in him.

First, a calm penalty past diving goalkeeper Marcel Nzarora and the second typical curler from the former Maroons, Kampala University and Mawogola Ssaza player.

In fact, he would have signed off a great performance with a hat trick but looked on in disbelief as his chip settled above the goal net with Nzarora left stranded at the 18 yard mark.

He later paved way for Paul Mucureezi on the hour mark.

Derrick Nsibambi – 7.5

He led the line well. Contemporary center forwards have his attributes.

A great first touch, visionary and team player, Nsibambi did exactly that to finish off Rwanda.

He was fouled by APR defender Aimable Nsabimana for the opening penalty on the day that Mutyaba successfully converted.

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Shafiq Kagimu gets the better of Seif Olivier Niyonzima (13) and Thierry Manzi (17) at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende

Shafiq Kagimu – 7.5

Exciting midfielder Shafiq Kagimu has come of age.

The URA Football Club player could be a shy entity off the field of play, but never shy to express himself once on business.

The soft spoken staunch Muslim had a good time on the left wing against Rwanda.

He gave right back Eric Iradukunda a great run of his own money.

The combo with Waiswa, Mutyaba and Karisa was as eye catching.

Rarely, he would deliver that desired cross for the forwards.

He missed scoring Uganda Cranes’ 4th goal on the day when his attempt from the right missed target by inches with goalie Nzarora beaten hands down.

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Uganda Cranes bench singing the national anthem


Tom Masiko – 5.5

Replaced Bernard Muwanga at the hour mark. Closed down the spaces well like instructed.

He was slightly below par the Tom Masiko entity he is known of.

Perhaps, he was seconds ahead of fellow substitute player Kevin Muhire and effective the short and long passes customary of him.

Paul Mucureezi – 5

Mucureezi replaced fellow KCCA club mate Muzamiru Mutyaba on the hour mark.

He was as industrious as ever – working and covering lots of spaces.

On one attempt, he led a quick counter attack from deep his own midfield before winning set piece mid way the opposition territory.

Muhammed Shaban – 4.5

The Onduparaka young striker came on in the final 10 minutes.

He replaced the tired though effective legs of Moses Waiswa.

For the minutes he played, Shaban ensured the opposition felt his presence. He closed spaces well and engaged in the ball possession tack at hand.

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Interim coaches Fred Kajoba and Moses Basena greet the FUFA president Moses Magogo before kick off

Interim Coaches: Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba (Uganda) – 7.5

After the Micho departure, the onus and eyes were primarily on 2 men – Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba.

From the team preparation, squad selection, warm up drills and the game itself proper, they were never at fault.

Basena shouted almost his lungs out throughout the match. He was spot on for the first change of the game.

Both Basena and Kajoba have a lot of positives to pick from the victory and definitely many things to learn ahead of the return leg next week.

Subs Not Used: Benjamin Ochan (G.K), Rashid Toha, Deus Bukenya, Erisa Ssekisambu

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