The Uganda U20 Men’s national team, head coach Morley Byekwaso has praised his players for having applied sufficient intensity, being brave and free from panic in match against Mozambique on Monday.
The Hippos went on to beat COSAFA U20 champions by 2-0 thanks to Steven Sserwadda and Derrick Kakooza in what was their opening game at the on-going AFCON U20 Championships.
Both goals came in the second half with Kakooza netting a penalty after a handball in the area before Sserwadda secured the points off the farmer’s brilliant play-off.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Byekwaso said that the first matches at tournaments are always difficult to negotiate but it is God’s grace that ensured his side came out victorious.
“The first game in a tournament is always not easy. Said Byekwaso.
“That is why yesterday you didn’t see a lot of goals in the tournament opener.”
“Players are always nervous and some-scared.
“Taking decisions is always difficult and also the players tend to panic that is why you saw in the first half, all teams were a bit down but with the grace of God we came back with two goals in the second half after playing with intensity. Intensity helped us so much to get back in the game.”
On Sunday, Cameroon snatched three points from the host Mauritania thanks to a 1-0 score line.
The Hippos now sit top of the summit in Group A thanks to a better goal difference as compared to Cameroon.
They play Cameroon on Wednesday, February 17 while Mauritania will face Mozambique on the same day.