Cricket Cranes coach Jackson Ogwang did not hold himself back from expressing his dismay following his team’s loss to Rwanda on Monday in their opening game at the ACA T20 Africa Cup.
The Cricket Cranes who are the defending champions of this tournament suffered a 2-run loss at the hands of Rwanda to start their title defense on a bad note.
While the result didn’t go Uganda’s way, it was jubilation for Rwanda who were beating Uganda for the very first time.
The loss left the Cricket Cranes coach disappointed and he made his feelings known. Not only did Ogwang point at complacency as reason for the loss, he hinted at his team having individuals who play for individual glory.
“We have certain individuals who are trying to play for themselves and putting the team’s plans and goals aside,” a visibly disappointed Ogwang said after the game.
“Credit to Rwanda they came out fighting but this is a game we should have put to bed early if not for individuals who are trying to look at their own individual scores and trying to be superstars.”
Ogwang also said his players let their guard loose after qualifying for the World Cup.
“It all comes down to respecting mother cricket. You play around with it, it kicks you. We thought by qualifying for the World Cup we have become untouchables
“We were very complacent, and It’s something I’ve been preaching to the boys for a long timetime. We always have to maintain and play to our standards no matter the opposition. We came out today thinking the job is done. The job is never done until the last ball.
“We deserve to lose maybe this will act as a wake up call. It’s okay to lose, but lose while doing the right thing. We did not do any right thing today.”
Uganda face Mozambique next on Wednesday. They will hoping to get back to winning ways and get their campaign back on track.