Dan Mzee Sserunkuma has claimed that the COSAFA Cup was a learning experience for the Uganda Cranes despite coming back empty handed.
Uganda Cranes team, joining as Guests at the quarterfinals stage, lost 3-2 in penalty shootouts after a goalless draw with Lesotho.
Uganda later went on to suffer a similar fate against South Africa in the COSAFA Plate (losers) – The team lost 2-4 after a goal draw on June 4.
Speaking after the return on Thursday, Sserunkuma commented:
“It was a good experience because if you look at our side, there were many new players who had never played at the National team and we learned a lot that aside because even the playing surface was very different from what we have here.
“We shall better next time and get good results in our future engagements.
Sserunkuma scored Uganda’s only goal at the tournament but the boys could not hold on before Bafana Bafana leveled matters with 20 minutes left on normal time.
“There were all strong teams, very prepared. It was sad that we didn’t perform to our expectations,” Sserunkuma added.
It should be noted that COSAFA is an annual tournament for teams from Southern Africa. Uganda, comprising of locally based players beside Daniel Isiagi, was coached by Abdullah Mubiru (Police FC) and Livingston Mbabazi.