Express FC head coach Wasswa Bbosa was quick to highlight fatigue as the major reason for their unprecedented 1-0 loss to BUL FC in the second semifinal of the Stanbic Uganda Cup played at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru on Thursday.
Youngster Owen Mukisa’s well curled effort did the magic for the oil manufacturers and subjected the Red Eagles to a shock loss in what was a mouthwatering encounter.
“We have lost the game today but the boys gave their best. We clearly had fatigue and the bodies of the players were unable to stretch as effectively as they have done before,” Bbosa told the press shortly after the game at Njeru.
“We have been travelling, plane to plane without the required rest. Since our last game (against Al-Merreikh) we have been on the road for two days before the game.”
“And these have been the same players participating in all these games. Right from the league, CECAFA and continental games. They did not get the required recovery prior to this game,” he added.
Bbosa further promised to take the positives and work on the recovery of his team as he highlighted that all attention and energy was to now be drawn to preparations geared towards defending the league title.
“As we took the league and the CECAFA Kagame Cup, our intention will be defending the trophies as we compete,” he concluded.
The skipper Enoch Walusimbi centred his postmodern on their lack of concentration in front of goal which led to wastage of glorious chances that would have overturned the game.
“We are out of the tournament because we failed to concentrate in front of the goal and it cost us. We shall go back, get some rest and then prepare for the league,” he clarified.
The shock result meant that Express FC would miss out on claiming three trophies in a calendar year. They won the Uganda Premier League title together with the CECAFA Kagame Cup earlier.
Meanwhile, Vipers SC registered a 2-0 well deserved win against Police FC in the first semifinal game thanks to Caesar Manzoki’s brace on Tuesday, September 21.
BUL FC will lock horns with Vipers SC in the final of the Stanbic Uganda Cup at Njeru on Sunday, September 26, as both sides quest for glory in the coveted tournament.
The Venoms will be looking for their second trophy with the first having come in 2016 after a convincing 3-0 win against West Nile side Onduparaka FC while BUL FC will be on the lookout for their maiden.