Senegal Shatters Cranes' World Cup Dream

page geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Senegal’s Sadio Mane’s deadly left foot missile had not only shaken the Cranes’ net but also shattered Uganda’s dream of advancing to the World Cup play-offs.

buy more about geneva;”>Emmanuel Okwi had started with a sparkling performance but could not convert nice shots into goals especially in the first half of the match played in Morocco on Saturday night.

ailment geneva;”>With Andy Mwesigwa putting in place a wall of iron around the goal, the Senegalese were put off or the better part of the match.

Unlike in the past when Senegal has had an upper hand especially in ball possession against the Cranes, this time the latter put forward the stiffest resistance against their rivals.

Showing unprecedented determination and superb skills in passing the ball and maintaining a formidable attack, this time round the Cranes appeared to be at their best.


However, the Cranes faced a severe setback after Godfrey Walusimbi was showed red for a brutal tackle on the Senegalese player.

This gave an opportunity to Sadio Mane to tap in, a strike that caught the ten-man Cranes’ defence flatfooted.

Martin Kayongo Mutumba’s late magic could not turn the tide in favour of Cranes. The World Cup dream was shattered.

Fans attributed Uganda’s loss to the red card effect, saying Walusimbi’s presence would have helped to finish off the Senegalese.

Some Ugandans said the referee erred in sending away Walusimbi before weighing the gravity of the tackle.

Jacobs Odongo Seaman, a Ugandan journalist, observed: “During my short refereeing course in 1999, I was told when a tackle like Jaja Walu’s is made, the referee’s best option is to wait and assess the gravity.”

He added: “He had to wait and see if the defender was injured or just exaggerating. On that basis, Jaja Walu would have seen yellow, not a straight red for a tackle from in front in a 50-50 ball with both players sliding…”

But Shawn Mubiru, a Uganda soccer fan contests Jacob’s assessment “Very wrong in such a situation you look at the intention of the player fooling and for Walusimbi there was no excuse he was in the opponent’s half and the tackle was unnecessary. The straight red card was a humble one he could get. The referee was fair as it gets.”

Andrew Mwanguhya, a Uganda sports journalist who attended the match commented: The 10-man Cranes gave their all but average Senegal are through.”

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