National U17 side head coach Jackson ‘Nelly’ Magera attributed his side’s double loss to Cameroon and Morocco to superiority of the opponents faced in the UEFA Assist International tournament going on in
Antalya, Turkey .
The side nicknamed the Cubs lost 4-1 to the counterparts from Cameroon and Morocco on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, something Magera has attributed to inexperience and fatigue.
“The preparations of our opponents are far better than ours, many of them are in professional clubs at their age,” he said before adding.
“As they are always in trainings, our players are always studying we have limited time with them for training.”
The Cubs were supposed to play Cameroon on Monday but the game was postponed on Tuesday because of bad weather, and faced Morocco the following day.
“The boys played earlier on Tuesday and then Wednesday, they didn’t get time to rest which means they were fatigued yet our opponents got enough time to rest.”
“Our defence was also somehow shaky in the early stages of the game, but they were able to recover and impose ourselves.”
“We created chances, hit posts and the comments from the other coaches have also been good in the ears of the boys.
“Remember these boys are in the learning process, we have to be patient with them of the game, they are very good just lacking the necessary exposure and they are getting it now,” Magera added.
He is however optimistic that his side will fight hard for positive results in their next game in the tournament.
“We are looking for positive results in our next game as we are looking for a win,” he added.
Uganda Cubs will return to action on Friday against Belarus as they continue to prepare for U17 AFCON finals in Tanzania Dar Es Salaam next month.
The top four best performers of the AFCON U-17 will qualify automatically the U-17 FIFA World Cup slated for November in Peru.
Before they travel to Tanzania, the Cubs will have another camp in South Africa to prepare them for the biggest stage of their lives, at least for now.