Some teams can win games with a numerical disadvantage but the majority do not.
BUL FC assistant coach Richard Kasule insists that Walter Ochora’s red card was costly as they lost 1-0 to Future FC in the second leg of the preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup qualifiers.
“We were a bit shaky at the beginning of the game and through panicking we made some mistakes,” Kasule said after the game before adding.
“Ochora’s red card was costly because it changed everything from our game plan, it came too early.”
“Inside the first 20 minutes and we were forced into making a forced substitution, playing almost the entire game with a numerical disadvantage.”
“Every coach wishes to play with all his players, maybe if we were equal we would have managed something positive.”
“I would like to appreciate the effort of the team because they were playing well even when less,” he added.
Even though Ochora was sent off in the 20th minute, the Jinja-based outfit did hang on for the largest spell during the game.
The oil manufacturers’ resilience was broken with a quarter of an hour to full-time thanks to Jonathan Ngwem’s freekick.
Alex Isabirye’s coached side almost equalized with the last kick of the game but one on one with the goalkeeper, Pascal Ngobi was denied by the upright.
Following that 1-0 loss in Cairo on Saturday, the Stanbic Uganda Cup champions bowed out by the same scoreline on aggregate because the first leg ended goalless at Kitende last week.
As Future advances to the next stage of the qualifiers, BUL will on the other end shift focus to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League which commences in a fortnight.
They finished fourth last season and they will begin their 2022/23 campaign with an away fixture to newly promoted side Blacks Power FC at Akibua Memorial Stadium, Lira on Saturday, October 1.
Meanwhile, Future will face Kallon FC from Sierra Leone who eliminated Benin side Buffles du Borgou FC 4-0 on aggregate.
When Kallon visited Buffles du Borgou a week ago, they won 1-0 before a 3-0 victory at home on Saturday.
BUL FC Xl: Saidi Keni (GK), Douglas Muganga ©, Walter Ochora, Richard Ayiko, Pascal Ngobi, Ibrahim Mugulusi, Ibrahim Kazindula, Emmanuel Obua, Hillary Onek, Karim Ndugwa, Simon Peter Oketch
Substitutes: Emmanuel Kalyowa (GK), Tom Ikara (GK), Reagan Kalyowa, Martin Aprem, Ibrahim Nsimbe, Benon Tahomera, Frank Kalanda, Jerome Kirya, Anthony Mayanja