Sport
Superb Oloya repays Micho's faith
Publish Date: Jun 02, 2014
Superb Oloya repays Micho's faith
Micho spoke pre-match of his delight at the availability of Oloya who missed the first leg in Mahajanga. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Fred Kaweesi

Africa Nations Cup Qualifiers

Results

Comoros 1 Kenya 1 (Kenya qualify 2-1 on aggregate)

Uganda 1 Madagascar 0 (Uganda qualify on away goals after 2-2 tie)

Rwanda 3 Libya 0 (Rwanda qualify 3-0 on agg.)

Guinea Bissau 3 CAR 1 (Guinea-Bissau qualify 3-1)

Sierra Leone 1 Swaziland 0 (Sierra Leone qualify 2-1)

Chad 3 Malawi 1 (Malawi qualify on away goals after 3-3 tie)

South Sudan 0 Mozambique 0 (Mozambique qualify 5-0)

CRANES' progress to the second round of the 2015 Nations Cup qualifiers had the name Geoffrey Massa littered all over it.

And this in the process concealed the contribution of Moses Oloya — a player whose influence on the game was immaculate.

In one way or another, Oloya was something of an unsung hero. He decided Uganda’s destiny in this fixture.

Although Oloya was not at the end of Cranes attacking play, he did a crucial job for the Cranes in areas of the pitch that were so fundamental.

Oloya tormented the Madagascan defence throughout the match and was Cranes' liveliest forward. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo

Considering the manner in which Cranes were set out to play, Oloya, who turns out for Vietnam side Binh Duong, operated well from the wide positions but popped to devastating effect in a free role behind the main strikers Geoffrey Massa and Emmanuel Okwi.

He started on the left but was tasked to occasionally join central midfielders Geoffrey Kizito and Khalid Aucho.

Feeding off the two midfielders, Oloya’s mercurial touches often allowed Cranes’ myriad attacking talents to flourish even in times when Madagascar had numbers behind the ball.

He played across all blades of grass in the centre of midfield, cutting back to take the ball off the two central midfielders and work it forward, as well as bombing up to the penalty area to support the two strikers.

He was always in the right place at the right time to create goal-scoring chances and defend when the opposition attacked.

Madagascar simply couldn’t isolate him as he moved around midfield with unbelievable energy, picking out his teammates with defence splitting passes.

He had step-overs and the uncanny knack for making his markers collapse to his will.

From one of these situations, Oloya almost snatched a second goal for Cranes.

However, after feinting and sending two Madagascar defenders flying, his effort was thwarted by goalkeeper Robin Rakotonirina.

Okwi disappears 

On the contrary, Emmanuel Okwi was a flop. The Yanga striker had gone into the game as a certain match-winner.

Okwi (right) who endured a torrid match, celebrates with goalscorer Geoffrey Massa. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo

He was however a shadow of the player that rocked Namboole with a majestic display in the 2-1 win over Angola last year.

His first touch was poor. Okwi could neither dribble nor pass a reasonable ball to a teammate. It was the worst we saw of him. Something wasn’t just right.

Ratings

Denis Onyango 7

He was steady and dealt with all the aerial balls. He also organised the defence during set-piece situations.

Denis Iguma 7

He was solid and composed. He held his lines admirably and dealt with danger-man Carolus Andriamahitsi.

 Brian Majwega 7

He was drafted in as a make-shift and didn’t disappoint. He frustrated star-man Baggio Rakotonomenjanahary.

Andy Mwesigwa 5

He was shaky and made wrong decisions at times. One almost gifted the visitors a scoring opportunity.

Isaac Isinde 7

He was calm, solid and headed away all that was put before him despite his pint size.

Khalid Aucho 7

He was fantastic and disciplined in holding his position. He did not show nerves and had an effort saved.

Godfrey Kizito 7

The Kenyan based midfielder was uncharacteristically shaky at the start but stabilised later in the game.

Kizito Luwagga 7

He worked hard, troubled his marker with pace and agility.

Moses Oloya 8

Cranes best performer. He created chances and covered more ground.

Emmanuel Okwi 4

He was awful. He could not dribble, pass to a teammate or shoot on goal.

Geoffrey Massa 7

Despite his misses, he scored a crucial goal and troubled the visitors.

Micho Sredojevic 8

He was tactically spot-on. He also chose the right players.

Related stories

Uganda 1 Madagascar 0

I was only 60% fit - Massa

Okwi denies feud with Micho

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Kampala is ready, Musisi assures IAAF
Even before the dust settles at the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country championships in Guiyang, athletics giants Ethiopia and Kenya are already looking forward to outmuscling the other in the 2017 edition in Kampala....
Ugandans up for the fight
Uganda will jump back into contention for a top two finish with victory against Namibia today at the Pepsi ICC T20 Africa Championship in South Africa....
Buganda Region League: Free Stars, Luwero Utd share spoils
It was a goalless affair as Luwero United were held by Free Stars FC in the Buganda Regional League in Luwero on Saturday....
UCU honours outstanding sportsmen
Uganda Christian University male Sportsman of the year 2014 David Oringa has urged fellow students to ensure they not only compete in sports but also save some time for academics to fight redundancy after their sports careers....
Hana, Kololo in schools rugby final
SMACK coach Paul Sekate has congratulated Hana on the 20-6 victory but urged the rugby governing body (URU) to streamline the rules governing the schools' competitions....
How Chekwel led Uganda to bronze medal
Juliet Chekwel led Uganda to a Senior Women bronze medal finish at the 2015 World Cross Country Championships that was held at Guiyang, China yesterday....
Should police arrest parents who do not take their children to school?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter