KCCA FC Manager Morley Byekwaso acknowledged that it was his captain Charles Lukwago who cost them a place in the semi finals of the Uganda Cup.
The U20 Tactician made the remarks after the 1-1 draw against Express in the quarter final second leg of Uganda Cup which the Red qualify on away goals rules on Friday.
Sadat Anuku looked to have netted the winner just before halftime but Martin Kizza equalised from the spot with six minutes to play to ensure the game ended in a draw.
Speaking after the game, Byekwaso thanked his ‘young’ players for their performance on Saturday.
“I want to thank my players. These young lads really did a great job. “I want to thank God for the energy levels he gave them to see that they performed to our expectations.” Byekwaso said in his post-match interview.
KCCA were on course to a vital victory before Charles Lukwago who was holding the ball in his hands, elbowed Charles Musiige, prompting the referee Ali Kaddu to point to the spot.
For Byekwaso, it was a silly mistake that cost the team despite the good performance all-round.
“I cannot blame my team so much for what we have not achieved today.
“It was just a silly mistake from our captain because he got the ball first, read the cross well but I don’t know maybe there was an exchange of words with the opposition player and he reacted that way.
“But he reacted stupidly because he had to know what the consequences would be before he went on and did that action which cost us so much. We have nothing to do now.”
After their exit from the Cup, KCCA now shifts it focus to the league.
However, with just four games to play, the best they can achieve is a fourth placed finish.
With no more silverware to play for, Byekwaso has his sights set on reinforcements so that the team competes next season.
“We need to concentrate so much on building this team. We need to reinforce in some departments to see that we come back strongly.
“This is not an Academy were you can build for three years
“We need to change the team were it has been lacking quality and character to see that we play well next season.
With KCCA leading, Byekwaso made three substitutions including one that saw the withdrawal of Kezironi Kizito.
When asked about the changes, Byekwaso defended them saying that they were required as Express was going all out in search of a goal.
“It was just change of tactics. Those were phrases of the game we as a Express was going all out to score.
“What you have to do, if you don’t defend deep, you need to manage to have the ball all the time which we were failing through Keziron (Kizito).
“He was tired that’s why we made some changes to reinforce the squad but we should have won the game.”
Morley Byekwaso who replaced Mike Mutebi a few months ago admits that the team was good on Friday only for Lukwago’s incident to ‘destroyed’ everything.
He also admits that changes need to happen if KCCA are to be Champions again.
“As you saw the incident that happened, it really poured everything down for us and we cannot blame much because this is football and such things happen.
“We just need to be strong as we won’t kill anyone but we need to know that next season, if we want to be champions, if we want to be on top, there certain things we need to develop in the team.
“We need to have character. We need to play our style and we need to have quality in some areas.
Byekwaso is currently on interim basis until the end of the season but highly tipped for a permanent role come the close of the campaign.