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How the Cranes players rated in the loss to Senegal

Dennis Onyango (Right) takes down Sadio Mane (10) as Bevis Mugabi looks on on Friday. (PHOTOS/Agencies)

The Uganda Cranes were on Friday eliminated from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations at the hands of Senegal.

Sebastien Desabre’s side looked solid for 90 minutes but lacked much going forward as they lost 0-1 to the Lions of Teranga, to exit the competition at the second round.

Liverpool striker Sadio Mane stole the show once again, scoring the only goal of the day and then missing a second-half penalty.

Denis Onyango 7.5: Had a nervy start to the game, taking down Ismailia Sarr inside 5 minutes but grew into it as it went on. Conceded and saved Mane’s penalty but was solid overall.

Bevis Mugabi 4.0: Was too exposed against the pacey and tricky Mane and was pedestrian for almost the entire 90 minutes.

Godfrey Walusimbi 3.0: Had a nightmare show last night and was at fault for the goal as he gave the ball away in the build-up to Mane’s winner.

Walusimbi (15) conceded possession in the build up to Senegal’s goal.

Hassan Wasswa 4.0: Got injured as was substituted early on but the signs where there that Wasswa was headed for a very long night.

Murushid Jjuuko 5.0: Partly to blame for the goal as he left Mane in acres of space to slot in the winner. Juuko also struggled to cope up with the physical M’Baye Niang.

Khalid Aucho 5.0: Looked solid at times but reckless in possession. Conceded a silly foul that got him booked and was eventually substituted in the second half.

Mike Azira 6.0: Had arguably the second-best performance among the outfield players but took his time to impose authority to the game.

Farouk Miya 2.0: Another below-par outing for Miya. His set-plays and link-up with the forwards were awful.

Lumala Abdu 5.0: Tried but at times tried too hard. Lumala just couldn’t get anything meaningful into the box despite getting himself in several promising positions to apply a good delivery to the waiting strikers. 

Patrick Kaddu 2.5: At some point, I thought Uganda was playing with 10 men as Kaddu was nowhere to be seen. He was eventually substituted early in the second half, paving way for Allan Kyambadde.

Emmanuel Okwi 6.5: Booked early in the game but had Senegal on the back foot for several spells in the game. 

Substitutes

Timothy Awany 3.0: Was all over the place after replacing Wasswa. He was to blame for the penalty conceded as he let the ball pass by him, allowing Mane a run at Onyango. 

Allan Kyambadde 4.0:  Failed to upgrade on Kaddu’s performance and could just not get started.

Allan Kateregga 4.0: Had Crane’s only shot on target in the second half via a free kick but his impact from there on-wards was not what everyone wanted.

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