Following his side’s progression to the semi-finals of the ongoing CECAFA Kagame Cup in Dar es Salaam, Express FC head coach Wasswa Bbosa has been quick to claim that they, has a team had achieved the initial target and were ready for whoever was to be drawn their way en route to the finals.
The Red Eagles confirmed their spot in the knockout rounds with a convincing and mouthwatering 3-1 victory over Tanzanian side Young Africans.
Goals from Godfrey Lwesibawa, Muzamir Mutyaba and Eric Kambale in the 14th, 35th and 53rd minutes respectively were enough to ensure that the reigning Uganda Premier League champions secured all three points at the Benjamin Mkapa stadium.
The calm and collected Wasswa Bbosa couldn’t hide his excitement during his post match interview.
“Managing to get to the semi-finals implies that our initial target is complete and what is left now is to work on our fitness levels and for the boys to relax a bit. I was happy with our ruthlessness infront of goal and we need to maintain this level if we have any wish of making the finals.” A passionate Bbosa expounded.
When asked about the prospect of missing Godfrey Lwesibawa who will be out on a suspension for accumulation of cards, the gaffer was quick to highlight his undoubted trust in the other available options in the squad especially Joseph Akandwanaho.
He would further emphasize the need for his team to to maintain the aggression and ruthlessness they exhibited in the game but most importantly, the concentration of his players when they concede possession.
“I was impressed with our forward players for taking away the chances since we have been creating so many chances but not converting them. The defense also showed great levels of concentration and awareness especially without the ball. It was a perfect performance.” He added.
Muzamir Mutyaba, who doubled Express’ lead on the evening, admits that it was a tough game against a good side but their belief superseded any kind of fears they might have had coming into the game. The fact that they came to the tournament to compete has helped the team, according to him.
He had this response when asked about his tournament form so far: “I think it’s a team effort which has helped me because at first I struggled with fitness but am now picking up, the performance has been good so far and I am happy about it.”
The former KCCA FC attacking midfielder scored his second goal of the tournament in two consecutive games following his first goal in the 1-1 draw against Nyasa Big Bullets. He came to play and he is doing just that.
The Red Eagles will face off against Zanzibar side KMKM in the first semi-final game this Tuesday 10/08/2021. KMKM finished second in Group B following their spirited 3-2 win against table leaders Azam FC.