AFCON 2019: Mukiibi wanted the ball played more

By Clive Kyazze

Sebatien Desbare wants his teams to start and build play from the back, at least he said that from the day he stepped foot into Uganda.

Yet that is yet to be seen often and the excuse has been Uganda doesn’t have the players able enough to do that especially at the big stage.

And the Cranes have exposed more in their one all draw against Zimbabwe at the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations.

Cranes constantly lost possession cheaply, and Zimbabwe utilized the more than every time they had, for 90 minutes, all Cranes did was gladly let Khama Billiat and company have a field day.

It was his first start the Swedish based defender Ronald Mukiibi who started ahead of the injured Murushid Juuko, the former wasn’t impressed with his performance probably because of the surroundings.

“This was not my best game, I wanted to play the ball more, it can do a lot better, but it was okay for a first game,” Mukiibi told www.football-256.com before adding.

“We need options to play the ball but maybe people were nervous, wanted to play high up,” he added.

Mukiibi and Timothy Awany can pass as the most comfortable defenders on the ball in the Cranes team, playing alongside Hassan Wasswa at a major tournament for the former was a moment to remember.

“I was just enjoying, I was there closing my eyes trying to take in the moment, then I wanted to go out there and represent my country.”

“It was a positive result; we still have some things to improve but we shall go back and work in training and better them in the next game.”

“I wanted to keep a clean sheet in my first game but still we didn’t lose the game, had a better second half than the first half, we still have some things to work on but it was an okay performance,” he added.

Probably Desabre was impressed or not, only time will tell whether Mukiibi maintains his slot at the heart of defence or Juuko returns against Egypt on June 30th.

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