KCCA FC head coach Morley Byekwaso has defended youngster Hassan Jurua for his mistakes during their defeat to Vipers SC in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Sunday.
The Kasasiro Boys suffered a 2-1 loss at MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo as Yunus Ssentamu and Milton Karisa handed the visitors victory while Denis Iguma scored the home side’s consolation goal.
Despite the game ending goalless at halftime, Vipers were two-nil up seven minutes after the restart following Jurua’s errors in the 51st and 52nd minute of the game.
“Yes he was at fault in both goals, but such is common. We only need to keep encouraging him because his career has just started,” Byekwaso said after the game before adding.
“Today, he did not perform well. He was losing possession while trying to pass to his teammates, and it is from that that we were caught out of position twice and beaten through crosses, but I know he is a good player and will improve.”
“Besides that, we, later on, had a good game, and I think had we concentrated more, we would have won because Vipers were tired and pressure was mounting on them,” he added.
Unless a miracle, the defeat leaves Byekwaso’s charges out of the race for this year’s league. They are placed fourth on the 16-team log on 37 points, 13 behind leaders URA FC who are on 50.
However, with eight games to go, Byekwaso is yet to give up urging his players to focus, return to winning ways and fight until the end.
KCCA has lost two league games at home on the bounce against Bright Stars FC and Vipers, with Police FC up next on Wednesday, May 12.
“The chance is still there, but we have to start winning games again because the more we lose, the more our chances deviate,” Byekwaso noted.
KCCA and Police are levels on 37 points, but the Kasasiro Boys occupy fourth place on goal difference, and should the Cops win, the former will drop to fifth.