CECAFA U-20 Challenge Cup: Djibouti Vs Uganda -Pece Stadium, Gulu (4 PM)
Uganda Hippos coach Morley ‘Ochama’ Byekwaso is not shaken by the backlash from the public after his side’s disappointing result against Eritrea on Saturday.
The Hippos were held to a 1-1 draw by Eritrea at the Pece stadium, Gulu, in their opening game at the CECAFA U-20 Challenge Cup, despite the favorite tag they carried into the game.
Ivan Bogere put the Hippos ahead in the 37th minute after a clumsy clearance by the Eritrean keeper, before his strike was canceled out by Yosief Tesfai Mewael’s 58th minute strike.
Speaking to www.football256.com, Byekwaso put his side’s failure to grind out all three points down to bad luck, but expressed delight at how well they applied their pre-match game plan and followed his instructions to the Tee.
“The boys played good football, and they followed our instruction very well. We got a number of chances but we failed to convert them,” Byekwaso told football-256.
“We were just unlucky though we did whatever possible to secure maximum points.” He added.
The Hippos coach further asserted that they have since gone back to the drawing board and identified where they came short against Eritrea, stressing that most of their work on the training ground has focused on converting the chances they create ahead in the Djibouti tie on Monday.
Uganda is still in hunt of its first win of the tournament, and that points towards a more offensive approach from the Hippos in the Djibouti game.
Byekwaso is also expected to ring a couple of changes in the team, especially in attack with creative players like Ivan Asaba, Steven Sserwadda and Isma Mugulusi who came on as substitutes against Eritrea expected to start on Monday.
Midfielder Bright Anukani who has returned from Cranes duty, is expected to link up with the team later, and it is still unclear if the coach will consider him for tomorrow’s game, but his availability provides more options later on in the tournament.
Uganda currently sits second in Group A, level on points with Eritrea. Sudan are top of the group with three points after their 4-0 thumping of Djibouti in the tournament’s opening game.
Hippos probable starting XI
Denis Otim (GK), Justine Opiro, Aziz Kayondo, Derrick Kigundu, Gavin Kizito (Captain), Kevin Semakula, Steven Sserwadda, Hassan Senyonjo, Ivan Bogere, Isma Mugulusi, Ivan Asaba.