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How the Cranes players rated against Egypt!

The Cranes team that started against Egypt on Sunday. (PHOTOS/FUFA)

The Uganda Cranes sealed a spot in the round of 16 despite losing 0-2 against Egypt on Sunday night.

After starting strongly, Sebastien Desabre’s side succumbed to two first-half goals by Mohammad Salah and Ahmed Elmohamedy.

With DR Congo defeating Zimbabwe 4-0 in the other group A game, Uganda finished second with 4 points, 5 behind leaders Egypt.

Here is how the Uganda Cranes rated on Sunday night.

Denis Onyango 6.0: After conceding only one goal in the first two games, Onyango let in two on Sunday. However, he produced a stunning save to deny Salah in the second half before the Mamelodi Sundowns custodian was stretchered off late in the game.

Nicholas Wadada 4.5: Was brought in for Bevis Mugabi but did no justice to the technical team as he was at fault for leaving Ahsraf Akimi in acres of space to create the second goal.

Godfrey Walusimbi 6.0: Looked suspect against the pacey Salah but recovered on several occasions.

Hassan Wasswa 5.0: Wasswa lined up with a third defensive partner in as many games and was at fault for conceding the free kick from which Salah opened the scoring.

Timothy Awany 6.0: At times looked rusty but gave a good account of himself as he tried to start attacks from the back.

Khalid Aucho 4.5: Just like in the draw against Zimbabwe, Aucho once again performed below expectations as the likes of Muhammed Elney got their way in the middle throughout the game.

Mike Azira 6.0: With Aucho struggling, it was Azira who consistently clamed things down in midfield with his calm and composed passing.

Lumala Abdu 4.0: Lost the ball on more occasions than any other Cranes player and whenever he got into promising positions, his delivery was poor.

Lumala (right) in action against Egypt on Sunday.

Allan Kyambadde 7.0: Starting his first game in the competition, Kyambadde was a handful for the Pharaohs. The KCCA FC forward registered three shots on target.

Farouk Miya 5.5: Miya had another below-par performance against Egypt. He produced so little going forward and his set-pieces left a lot to be desired.

Emmanuel Okwi 5.0: Missed a glorious opportunity to reduce the deficit in the second half and aside from that moment, Okwi struggled to curb out anything worthy writing home about.

Substitutes                                                           

Robert Odongkara 6.0: Had liitle to do after replacing the injured Denis Onyango but never the less, kept a clean sheet for himself.

Taddeo Lwanga 6.0: Released Okwi to miss Uganda’s best chance and seemed to have calmed down the pressure after coming on.

Luwagga Kizito N/a: Had limited time on the pitch to make any sort of impact.

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