The Uganda national under-17 football team ‘The Cubs’ head coach Samuel ‘Paa’ Fabin Kwesi was left frustrated after his side’s first game loss in the 2019 Total Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The Ghanaian is also optimistic that all hope is not lost ahead if their remaining two games against Tanzania and Nigeria are two he hope the Cubs will have a better approach.
The Cubs lost 1-0 to Angola in their opening group A match at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium on Sunday courtesy of Osvaldo Pedro Capemba’s 33rd-minute strike.
“They (Angola) had one chance and they took it. I was a little bit disappointed about the goal we conceded, we switched off and they reacted positively towards it during the corner kick,” Kwesi said in the post-match press conference.
“They came back in the second half strongly and they defended well,” he added.
However, the former head coach of the Ghana U17 side is buoyant that his side will pick a positive result in their next game against host Tanzania after realizing their faults.
“We shall go back to the drawing board and correct the mistakes we made so that we can approach our second match differently,” he noted.
Meanwhile, his counterpart Love Cabungula the head coach of Angola national under-17 football team hailed his boys for the performance they displayed.
“The opponents were really a good team with power, they are a strong team. We were brave enough so congratulations to my boys and in next match we will try to improve our level, I am really happy for the first match,” Cabungula said.
Uganda’s remaining games are against hosts Tanzania and table leaders Nigeria on April 17th and 20th respectively, they need to win both games if they are to stand a chance of qualifying to the semifinals of the tournament and 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil.