Sunday, July 14, 2024

We gave them space and we paid the price- Uganda Coach 

Uganda Interim head coach Morley Byekwaso was full of praise for the Chipolopolo Boys following their 3-0 win over his side. 

Byekweso admitted that Avram Grant’s side is a good team who can keep possession, attack and score goals. 

He felt his side gave Zambia too much space in the second half and paid the price for it. 

He was also quick to advise Zambia to work on their defence which he feels is too easily penetrated and his side could have even scored in the first half. 

“We really started well, the first half was superb but in the opening minutes we failed to overcome situations in the 18 yard area, went aggressively on the body and we were penalised. We conceded a penalty, we stood tall in the first half but we really lost concentration in the second half. We gave them a lot of space, they were free, they enjoyed the game and we paid the price,” he said. 

“They are really a good team, they can possess, they can attack and score but they must be aware of their defensive moments, they are easily penetrated , we had a lot of ways through in their defence in the first half. We could have scored in the first half, we created three to four chances. They need to work on them.”

“We had little preparations, it’s just one and a half weeks. We call upon our players outside the country to really take care of themselves, they need to work up and play hard because we are going to meet some of the best players in the World Cup qualifiers. Our players are in top form for us to compete,” he added. 

A goal from Fashion Sakala and a brace from Patson Daka helped Zambia to a 3-0 victory over Uganda in a friendly match on Tuesday. 

Zambia was using the match to prepare for the World Cup qualifiers against Congo and Niger. The Chipolopolo Boys are in Pool E with the  two nations, Morocco, Tanzania, Niger and Eritrea.

The match was also being used to fine-tune for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Group F fixtures against DR Congo, Morocco and Tanzania.

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