Uganda Kobs head coach Morley Byekwaso was left to rue missed chances after his side played a goalless draw with Saudi Arabia in a friendly on Friday.
The gaffer also blamed the hot temperatures in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for an average show at the Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Stadium in Riyadh.
He however commended the energy, hardwork and commitment showed by the players as he continues to sharpen the team for the upcoming Cecafa U23.
“First, I have to thank the almighty for enabling us play, and the players for the hard work and commitment,” Byekwaso calmly stated.
“I have to appreciate the players because they played in hot conditions, they have really made us proud.
“Though the boys played well, they were not clinical enough to put the ball in the back of the net.
“We missed a lot of chances in the first half including two keeper-to-beat chances.”
Vipers duo of Karim Watambala and Richard Basangwa were guilty for failing to beat goalkeeper Muhamed Al-Rubaie.
Steven Mukwala had a good chance but lost his footing while Bobosi Byaruhanga’s two long range shots went off the target.
The tactician also credited Saudi Arabia for a good display: “Our opponents also played well, they created chances but they were also not effective and I also have to credit our defensive qualities.”
This was the first of the two friendlies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – The two sides will face off again on Monday 5th July.
“But we hope that our second game is going to be better because we would have acclimatized to this weather then,” Byekwaso added.
Uganda is using this camp to prepare for the upcoming CECAFA U23 championship in Ethiopia later this month.
Saudi Arabia is in the final stages of their preparations for the Olympics tournament in Tokyo, Japan.
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