Uganda U23 team head Coach Morley Byekwaso has rued his striker’s profligacy in front of goal against DRCongo in their group A CECAFA opener.
Morley Byekwaso made the remarks after his Kobs side played to a goalless stalemate against guests DR Congo at the ongoing Cecefa Senior Challenge cup Championship in Ethiopia.
Appearing at the Regional tournament as defending champions, Byekwaso’s young boys exhibited flashes of good football but it produced just a point against a reslient Congo team.
And Byekwaso was quick to praise his boys:
“I thank my boys, they did a great job, playing DRC is not easy, they are well built, very strong one on one, they were beating us and they were very good in wing play, Byekwaso stated.”
Uganda created a lot of chances in the first half, and but couldn’t convert any, something Byekwaso found odd.
“We created many chances in the first half, did a lot of crosses but our strikers were not effective enough to take away those chances. Then we came into second half, the game was so balanced , congolese played really so well.”
Crossing the line looked to be yet another problem to the Byekwaso coached side as they prior to the tournament.
As they geared up for this championship, the Kobs team also failed to find the back of the net in two friendlies against Saudi Arabia in the training camp.
However, Byekwaso says it was a fair result for the start before adding that they will go back to the drawing board.
” I think it was a fair result because they all came out in the second half, we really tried but that was the result on the day.I thank my defense, midfielders, and still have more time to go to the boardroom to see that we sharpen our attack in the next game.
Today, the problem was finishing, we failed to take away the chances then the game has to go away from your side. Again when you are playing against a team which is experienced, definitely they are seeing what you are planning, when you fail this moment, you can’t do it again.”
We need to go back on the drawing board with my technical team to see that we fight so hard in the next game to win against Tanzania.”
Byekwaso’s side needs to be more clinical against Tanzania, in what seems to be a do-or-die encounter at this year’s CECAFA tournament.
Uganda will be seeking maximum points against Tanzania next Sunday if they are to have a chance of progressing to the semi finals.
However, given their recent form in the Cecafa region, Uganda are still favourites for the tournament as they are the record champions.