KCCA FC interim manager Morley Byekwaso was ‘so disappointed’ with referee Siraje Mpyangu’s decisions, but said that he was happy with his side who showed the right resilience despite failing to win.
KCCA came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with UPDF FC at the Bombo Barracks Grounds on Thursday, in a game that was abandoned on Wednesday following a heavy downpour that soaked the pitch.
The Kasasiro Boys contested a penalty decision in the first half after Isa Mubiru’s shot seemed to strike Gift Ali’s chest only for the referee to point to the spot from which the hosts took the lead.
While Julius Poloto pulled the visitors level with a stupendous curling effort from just outside the area, Byekwaso feels the Army side should have been a man less following a nasty challenge on Sadat Anaku.
Former KCCA Bernard Muwanga’s kung fu kick caught the striker on the head with the latter substituted with a head injury shortly afterwards.
“I have to congratulate the boys, though we did not win the game, we picked a point and they played well,” Byekwaso told media after the game.
“I was frustrated by the referee for the way he officiated the game,” he stressed before adding; “Their midfielder would have received a red card because the challenge on Anaku was terrible.”
“It was a kick to the head which deserved a red card but he only showed a yellow card.”
“So, I think we should have had that advantage and you never know that would have won us the game,” he continued.
Anaku’s injury is specifically a disturbing one for Byekwaso as he admitted his worries about losing the striker, revealing that the team lacked pace without Anaku.
“My worry was the moment we substituted Anaku,” he said, adding; “The team went a bit down and lacked pace. He is a player who gives us pace in front, and we lacked that.”
“We do not know whether he will recover on time because we have a big schedule coming up.”
“We play on Sunday and then face Express in the Uganda Cup on Wednesday, and we hope we can have him back soon,” Byekwaso shared his worries.
The 13-time league champions suffered their sixth draw of the season. They remain fourth on the log, on 42 points with five games to go.
They host relegation threatening Busoga United at the MTN Omondi Stadium, on Sunday, May 22 before they embark on the Stanbic Uganda Cup quarter-final clash with Express next week.