Uganda Police Football Club head coach Abdallah Mubiru has lauded his players for their efforts in the win against Onduparaka FC on Wednesday.
Police FC showed great character as they beat the Caterpillars 3-1 at the MTN Omondi Stadium in Lugogo.
Johnson Odong scored twice and Eric Ssenjobe added the other on the day. Okech Emmanuel netted for the visitors off a breath-taking solo run, beating five Police defenders.
Speaking after the game, Mubiru could not help but thank his players for their response during the game.
“I thank my players on the way they responded because the game gave us hard times that we never expected. Mubiru stated.
“Our players exhibited maturity in the way they reacted to the opponents and we scored three good goals which gives us more hope and confidence.”
Police were coming off defeat to Vipers last Friday, a game that saw their goal keeper Derrick Ochan wrongly sent off.
The decision was overturned by the Referees Association and Mubiru says it is a big boost to have Ochan back alongside Tom Ikara, who was in between the sticks on Wednesday.
“This is a marathon and we are looking at our next opponent Bright stars.
“Past is past and we thank the referees committee for revoking Ochan’s Red card because it would affect us and having both of them (Ochan and Ikara) gives us confidence that whoever we chose is capable of giving us a good game.
About his team’s general performance in the league Mubiru says his players are still on the right course.
“We are still on the mission we set and we have not taken a step back at any point so far.
“Though we still lack the energy to play on the right rhythm and we need to add on the speed.
“The team is building more confidence each passing game and that makes us happy that they can win.
“There is no day you see the players settling for a draw but you can see they fight until the last minute to win games and I thank them for that.
“The competition is stiff and you can see on points from the way teams are ascending in the top 10 that there is no huge difference as compared to the previous season.”
The Cops after match-day nine are second on the log with 19 points, level with Express FC but with a superior goal difference.
Mubiru’s side will take a short trip to Kavumba to play Bright Stars on match-day 10.