Onyango lets down Uganda

By Vision Reporter

UGANDA Cranes have endured colossal defeats down the years, but few, if any, as embarrassing as that on June 8, 2008.

Group 3
Benin 4 Uganda 1
Niger 1 Angola 2
Group 1
C. Verde 1 Tanzania 0
Group 2
Kenya 2 Guinea 0

UGANDA Cranes have endured colossal defeats down the years, but few, if any, as embarrassing as that on June 8, 2008.

On this date, Cranes’ plundered their worst defeat against west African opposition, with Denis Onyango, their very own master-of-destruction, director-general of their humiliating 4-1 defeat.

Despite being helped to an early and stirring start through Eugene Sseppuuya, Uganda fell apart, their profligacy in possession and scandalous goalkeeping costing them dear.

Razak Omotoyossi exploited both sloppy defending and shocking goalkeeping by Onyango to help the hosts to a deserved equaliser before Oumar Tchomogo heaped further ignominy on Uganda’s custodian after thumping home past a hapless Onyango at the near post.

It will be a major surprise if Hannington Kalyesubuula does not start when Angola visit next weekend. Onyango has served Cranes well, but his confidence looks shot to pieces and his decision-making, particularly in leaving his line, appears suspect. He simply needs a break from the international arena to take stock and work on his game.

The gangly keeper is too good not to recover, but Uganda cannot afford any howlers if they are to reach both Angola and South Africa in 2010. After-all Posnet Omony lost his place after dreadful goalkeeping in just a friendly against Libya.

Stephane Sessegnon’s well-struck free-kick and Omotoyossi’s second effort kept Uganda’s winless away run since 2000 intact.

The result was a true reflection of a side that had gone into its second World Cup qualifier on the back of a catalogue of problems that ranged from poor feeding to being accommodated in the appaling slums of Porto Novo.

And already confused, cautious and far from comfortable, Cranes succeeded only in delivering a performance inferior to that stuttering display against Niger last weekend.

Csaba called for “pride, passion and attitude” but got nothing in response. There was no urgency, no sense of purpose, no cohesion and no master-plan.

Quite where it leaves Csaba is now rather difficult to say. Not out of a job. Not after just two qualifying games anyway, but Uganda are no longer in command of their group following Angola’s 2-1 win over Niger.

Onyango lets down Uganda