CECAFA U23: Byekwaso wants impotent strikers to wake up

By Allan Damba

Head coach Morley Byekwaso has bemoaned the lack of scoring touch by his forwards after a 0-0 draw in the CECAFA U23 Challenge Cup opening match against the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday.

The showdown at the Bahir-Dar International stadium witnessed both sides failing to break the deadlock but with the Kobs the more wasteful, to the coach’s dismay.

“Our strikers failed to do the job they were tasked to do and here we are, back on the same issue we had in our two friendlies against Saudi Arabia.”

“It is so bad if we keep getting chances and not bury them, it breeds panic to the rest of the team, so they have to wake up,” he stressed.

A three man forward line started the game in Steven Mukwala, Julius Poloto and Derrick Kakooza before being hacked off for Sam Ssenyonjo, Sadam Masereka and Najib Yiga.

Byekwaso was however impressed with the rest of the team and claims they were better than their invitee enemies.

“Congo is certainly more talented but we played well in other departments, our defence and midfield were balanced, we were quick at all the second balls and that’s why we created enough chances.”

The 47-year-old KCCA FC head coach called on the lads to be wary of the stubborn Tanzania who they meet on Sunday, 25th July 2021.

“The group is now open; we have to make sure we take our chances against Tanzania because they are a complicated opponent. We will keep working to ratify these mistakes to get all the points.”

Uganda has over the years been synonymous with being shy with the goal in sight and it will be interesting to see how Byekwaso arrests this recurring problem ahead of the clash against Tanzania.

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