There was not much to rev about following Uganda’s goalless draw with Tanzania in Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match at Namboole.
But one name shone through the clouds as StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) player, Moses Waiswa, put up a senior debut to remember.
The Vipers midfielder, the only local-based player that started the match, delivered quality balls from almost every area of the pitch, some of which Emmanuel Okwi and Joseph Ochaya were guilty of not converting.
Waiswa was a surprise inclusion in Desabre’s starting line-up and hardly any major publication featured him in their probable XI.
He didn’t disappoint Desabre’s faith and the Frenchman was all smiles when asked about Waiswa’s performance.
“You could see the boy’s ability,” said Desabre, “It’s a risk but he showed quality.
“I’m happy that a player from the local championship played that well.”
Asked to rate Waiswa’s debut out of ten, Cranes captain Denis Onyango gave the boy a “nine.”
“He played so well and he was by far our best player. He has to remain grounded and the sky is the limit for him.”
The goalless draw, coupled with a one-all stalemate between Lesotho and Cape Verde in Maseru, kept Uganda on top of Group L on four points with as many matches to go.
The top two will qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon due next June.
Uganda are next in action, back-to-back, against Lesotho next month, with the immediate fixture in Kampala.