By: Edwin Kyle Kule
After sinking to a 1-0 loss to Cameroon at the ongoing U20 Africa Cup of Nations in Mauritania, Uganda Hippos head coach Morley Byekwaso will demand more from his players going into their final group game against the hosts on Saturday.
Byekwaso’s charges picked up a 2-0 win over Mozambique in their opening game of the competition before falling to Cameroon, the latter secure a quarterfinal finish with the win.
A win or draw will be enough to help Uganda secure their last-eight ticket; “We go into Saturday’s game like we are playing the finals,” Byekwaso noted.
“Because the game against Mauritania is the only ticket to take us further in the tournament,” he added.
Byekwaso also noted: “We have to focus so that we get reenergized and see that we pick all points and if worst comes to worst we should atleast secure a point from them,” he added.
However, Byekwaso is a proud man after the side’s performance against Cameroon despite being debutante against a side appearing that their 10th competition.
“I am happy that we played well against the superpowers of Africa. We fought and kept going though we conceded a set-piece goal in the first half that can be avoided on another day.”
“The positive in the game is that we coordinated well, this will help us as the tournament goes on, however, we have to correct a few things and empower our forwards to score more goals,” Byekwaso noted.
Uganda dropped to second on the log with three points leaving the summit for Cameroon who are now at six points.