December 9, 2021

FIFA WCQ, 2022: How Ugandan players rated against Kenya at Kitende

By Baron Kironde
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Striker Fahad Bayo wheels away in celebration after scoring against Rwanda on matchday four of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at Kitende / FUFA Images

Uganda have reduced their chances at qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after playing to a one all draw with Kenya at home on Thursday.

Fahad Bayo scored in the 90th minute to cancel out Michael Olunga’s goal scored in the 62nd minute as Kenya denied Uganda all the three points at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

The result sees Uganda move to nine points to retain its second position on the table behind Mali (10) as Kenya now moves to three points after five games.

The Uganda Cranes players worked harder at Kitende than in the first leg that was played in Nairobi but still failed to get a better result.

How each Ugandan player rated against Mali

Charles Lukwago 5/10

The St. George custodian was selected to start in goal ahead of South African-based Ismael Watenga and Azam FC’s Mathias Kigonya, and throughout the game, he justified Micho’s selection.

Lukwago was calm in goal, and in the 22nd minute, he made a relevant save to deny the Harambee Stars captain Micheal Olunga whose well struck shot he dealt with amicably. A clean sheet would have ensured he rated better.

Denis Iguma – 4/10

Iguma did not have much work to do, did not venture forward as such, but was very much aware of his right back positioning just in case.

Aziizi Kayondo – 4/10

Kayondo was the busier of the two fullbacks, he occasionally found some time to venture forward, though none of his runs resulted into anything tangible.

But most notably he was in the right position to make a clearance off the line to deny Kenya the opener past the half hour mark.

Bevis Mugabi – 5/10

The Motherwell defender’s towering height, physicality and athleticism helped him deal with Harambee Stars’ danger man Micheal Olunga quite well. Was he rock solid? A clean sheet would have had perfectly testified yes.

Timothy Awany – 5/10

Awany’s partnership with Mugabi made it so hard for the Kenyan attack to penetrate. Until the 62nd minute, Awany was always watching his fellow’s back just to provide the needed cover.

Khalid Aucho – 5/10

Aucho had lesser duties going forward, with the presence of Bobosi Byaruhanga and Moses Waiswa in central midfield. He was to dictate the game tempo, and his hard tackles as usual was the toughness the backline needed.

Steven Mukwala – 4/10

Mukwala gets a lower rating here for his less work on the ball, but his work off the ball was commendable, could be exactly why after the first 45 minutes he was replaced, exhausted.

Bobosi Byaruhanga – 6/10

Byaruhanga’s performance was not so exceptional, but his visibility in making notable attacking contributions was the above point.

He created Uganda’s first real chance on goal from his long range shot from a set piece that the goalkeeper Brian Bwire fought so hard with to keep away.

Fahad Bayo – 6/10

Bayo was most expected to score for the team in the game, and he did at the death of it. Before that, he had been doing more chasing down and pressing opponents. He surely would have done better with more chances coming his way.

Moses Waiswa – 5/10

Waiswa, like Bobosi, was visible in the midfield, as he tried to distribute the ball evenly to his teammates upfront, but not exactly to the expected rate.

Isaac Muleme – 5/10

A natural left back, Muleme was preferred to start on the left flank ahead of more creative wingers, and he delivered some trademark crosses as was expected of him.

He always tracking back to give Kayondo a good defensive cover, but he was meant to attack more. Kayondo would be sacrificed for him to retain his left back position.

Subs

Milton Karisa – 3/10

Karisa came on for Mukwala for the second half, and he tried to pile some pressure on the Kenya defence with his speedy runs on the right.

Allan Okello – 4/10

Came on late in the second half for Bobosi Byaruhanga, but immediately showed he should have been on earlier.

Yunus Ssentamu – 3/10

He came on for Moses Waiswa, and he really did not have enough time to impress, but for the few minutes he was on, he showed he could have done better with enough minutes for him.

Unused subs Ismail Watenga (GK), Mathias Kigonya (GK), Livingstone Mulondo, Mahad Yaya Kakooza Mahad, Shafik Kagimu, John Revita, Garvin Kizito Mugweri.

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