Express FC head coach Wasswa Bbosa says it was intentional that he summoned the entire team on the touch-line after conceding on Saturday.
This was moments after Steven Mukwala scored a penalty for URA FC during Express’s 3-1 victory at Wankulukuku on Saturday.
A goal from Geoffrey Lwesibawa and Eric Kambale’s brace had initially handed the Red Eagles a three-goal lead in the first half before Murushid Juuko was sent off eight minutes into the second.
After Mukwala pulled one back, Bbosa was seen gesturing to his players to all come for a team talk in the 58th minutes and it took the referee’s intervention for the game to restart as Express took what can only be described as a ‘time-out’.
“The players had lost shape and we could have conceded goals more straight after so I had to intervene. Bbosa said in his post-match press conference.
“I called them only to get them back into shape and ensure they regained their concentration.”
The move looked to have worked as Express defended better and saw out the result in the end.
It was a performance that Bbosa claims did not come by mistake and the tactician took pride in how his players managed the game.
“We did not win by mistake. Bbosa continued.
“We have prepared well. We took our chance early and we managed to win the game because the players handled the situation well.”
“For every situation, the players stayed focused and gave their all and we managed to collect maximum points.”
Express are playing a crisis of sorts in terms of absentees, at the moment.
With the likes of George Ssenkaba, Arthur Kiggundu and Abel Etrude already out with injury, Juuko now joins them on the side-lines for the next game.
However, Bbosa is not worried as he expects the other team members to step up in the absence of the four.
“What’s important is preparing the team and giving players trust and other players available will get the job done and I believe they will help us win.
“The introduction of Martin Kizza will help us in attack where we have lost Ssenkaba (George) because in him, we have a player who can score and assist goals and also create chances.
“When you look closely, since Arthur’s (Kiggundu) injury we’ve been using one wing but with Martin now here, both wings will be providing goals for us.”
After 16 league games, Express are third on the Uganda Premier League table with 35 points, a point adrift of joint table leaders Vipers SC and URA.
The Red Eagles play away to SC Villa in their next league fixture after taking Kyetume FC in the Uganda Cup round of 32.