ENID KEREN NABUMATI
Former Uganda Cranes captain David Obua has termed the performance by national football team in their opening 2017 CAF African Cup of Nations game as “street football”.
On Tuesday, Uganda Cranes lost 1-0 to Ghana’s Black Stars at Gabon’s Port-Gentil Stadium in the group D opener. Westham United striker Andre “Dede” Ayew converted a penalty into the game’s only goal in the 32nd minute after Cranes centre back Isaac Isinde pulled Black Stars’ striker Asamoah Gyan in the penalty area.
The Cranes were making a return in the continent’s premier tournament for the first time after 39 years of no show. But a penalty, careless ball possession and a demoralized second-half team were not what Cranes needed for a game against Black Stars.
According to former Cranes captain David Obua, now a sports analyst on Super Sport, the Cranes team lacked both in its composition and style.
“The structure was not there. I will be honest with you; they were playing street football,” Obua said.
Meanwhile, in the same group, Mali held Egypt to a 0-0 draw giving Uganda a slim chance of qualification if the team improves in their next game against Egypt on Saturday.