Uganda Kobs Coach Morley Byekwaso has lamanted that his strikers should be more clinical and ruthless if the Under-23 team is to make marked improvements.
The KCCA head Coach made the remarks in the aftermath of Uganda’s 2-1 win over Eriteria in a ranking match.
Najib Yiga and Steven Mukwala scored for Uganda while Yonatan Teketse scored the eventual consolation for Eritrea.
Returning to the tournament as Defending Champions, Uganda performed poorly in the group stages after drawing both games against DR Congo and Tanzania.
According to the new tournament format only the group winners progress to the semifinals alongside one best loser from the three groups.
“First of all I have to thank the almighty for having given us the strength of working so hard and winning this game,” stated Byekwaso.
Byekwaso conceeds that Eritrea was the better side especially in the first half and they were supposed to be a couple of goals in the lead.
“Eritrea is a very good side, they play like Ethiopians they are very good on the ball as the coach said they dominated the first half, they outplayed us completely and they would have scored like 3 goals.”
After correcting their mistakes in the defence and changing formation to three defenders, the Kobs managed to settle in the game and matched to victory.
“But we had to see where our problems were at the last line of the defence our back had no numbers and they were not playing so we had to change to 3 Central Defenders to play 3-5-2 then in the second half we really got what we wanted and we won the game”.
The gaffer adds that the tournament has helped KCCA and Express players to gain fitness ahead of the CECAFA Kagame Cup in Tanzania.
“Extremely we’ve learnt alot because some of our boys are KCCA and Express players and we are going for CECAFA Kagame Cup in Tanzania so it has helped our boys to gain fitness levels”.
“It has even helped the boys who might be called to the National side in September because some have really played to our expectations”. He adds.
Commenting about the chances missed, the Gaffer says they will talk with the young strikers and help them since those mistakes will cost the team in future.
“In the second half we got four clear chances. Both Mukwala and Sam missed two each”.
“So we need to talk to them and work with them hand in hand because they are young boys they need to get experience they need to know that once you make a mistake like that in the future it might cost the team”.
“So we shall be there for them and get a good National side in future”.
The CECAFA U23 tournament will come to conclusion on Friday 30th with Tanzania and Burundi facing off in the final.