We have learnt a lot from this loss. For me and the technical team, its been a lesson - Morley Byekwaso
Uganda Kobs head coach Morley Byekwaso admits that his technical team has picked lessons from the loss to Saudi Arabia.
He made the remarks after a 2-0 loss to Saudi Arabia in a second friendly match on Monday.
Abdullah Abdrahman and Hashim Alyami were on target as the two Under 23 teams clashed at prince Faisal Bin Fahd Stadium in Riyadh.
Bwekwaso revealed that they played well but lacked the finishing touch to kill off the game.
“First of all I have to thank the almighty for having given us the energy, the efforts to see that we played such a wonderful game,” the gaffer, who is also the coach of KCCA FC said.
“We have lost but we have done a tremendous job mostly in the second half where we did not allow them cross their half. We camped in their half.”
Steven Mukwala missed a chance, Derrick Kakooza effort was saved and Bobosi Byaruhanga also failed to utilise the chance he got.
“We created a lot of chances in their box, We had three keeper-to-beat chances but the boys lacked concentration.
“We have learnt a lot from this loss. For me and the technical team, its been a lesson.”
Byekwaso who guided the Uganda Hippos (Under-20) to AFCON U20 Championship final, adds that they need to polish their attack in order to be clinical and bury the missed chances.
“We just need to continue sharpening our attack so that we dont miss such chances. We lost some concentration. They didn’t concentrate a lot but you can’t blame them so much because their body temperature was a bit down so they wanted to do a lot of things rather than playing with simplicity – One touch or two touches, so we were punished because of that.
“But all in all the team have shown character, we have shown how we can get goals but we lacked to be clinical so we think this is the main emphasis we are going to put into our plan so that our strategy works well in the future in CECAFA tournament.”
Uganda will hope to make amends before the start of the CECAFA U23 championship that kick off on July 17 in Bahir Dar Ethiopia.
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