Uganda Cranes: Mutebi on Algeria Loss and Qualification Chances

 

Former KCCA FC head coach Mike Hilary Mutebi has given his views about the Cranes loss to Algeria and also weighed on the team’s Qualification chances.

Uganda suffered a 2-0 loss to Algeria in their opening 2023 AFCON qualifiers last week on Saturday.

While appearing on NBS television on Monday this week, Mutebi was quick to admit that the performance of the team was average.

“The performance was average. I think the way the team was setup was to stop Algeria from playing, rendering the attackers the ability to attack. We couldn’t see a lot of Allan Okello, Khalid Aucho going forward, they were quiet throughout,” Mutebi stated.

It was a poor start for Micho’s men who barely threatened against a dorminant Algerian side.

The Cranes were outplayed and could not pass the ball at ease, ending with a 20% ball possession over Algeria’s 80%.

But despite the poor show from the team, Mutebi picked his positives especially in the first half.

“In the first half, the players tried to attack, created some chances and we actually got even a penalty which Miya missed but then I don’t know what happened after, they resorted to organizing themselves defensively and they did a great job.”

Asked about the team’s Qualification chances, Mutebi said “Yes it’s 50/50. Of course the group in which are we have Algeria the favourites, but we can compete with Niger and Tanzania.”

Uganda will host Niger on Wednesday this week, in a game they need to react well infront of the home fans at Kitende.

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