Uganda Hippos coach Morley Byekwaso has revealed what he advised his players during halftime against Mauritania.
The Hippos trailed at halftime by a goal after the referee pointed to the spot when Aziz Kayondo was judged to have tripped Oumar Mbareck.
Silly Sanghare calmly slotted into the roof to hand the hosts a lead, despite being the second best in the entire first stanza.
“We told our players at halftime to ignore the referee and play football, not to get cards, and our chances will come. This helped us to play well and win the game,” Byekwaso said.
Steven Sserwadda fired home the equaliser before Derrick Kakooza converted from the spot to give the Hippos a deserved lead in a tremendous comeback.
He added: “We were thinking so much about the game because we were playing a host. We thank God for the result. We played a tough side, they played and fast but we managed to survive.
“It was a fight, and good enough we knew it was not going to be an easy game. I thank and salute the boys for the display.”
Uganda finish second with six points having beaten Mozambique in the first game before falling to Cameroon.
The side has reached the quarterfinal for the first time of asking and will face the top team in Group A – either Burkina Faso or Tunisia – on February 26, 2021.