By Edwin Kyle Kule
Ugandan football fans are looking for crumbs of comfort after another ill-fated African Nations Championship (CHAN) campaign, with many passing a damning verdict of the dismal performance.
Uganda Cranes was eliminated from the tournament after suffering a devastating 5-2 loss against defending champions Morocco.
The result meant that the Cranes’ journey in CHAN came to an end with only a single point and two draws.
New Vision Sports writer Aldrine Nsubuga’s verdict of Uganda’s performance was the epitome of what the CHAN tournament was all about.
Nsubuga described Uganda’s performance as poor and lacking in crucial aspects.
“No need to analyse. Uganda was simply too poor against the defending champions and failed to qualify from the group simply because they had no direction,” he said.
“The coach is useless and has hardly improved the team at all. Team selection and tactics were very poor. No need to return to the drawing board because there was never a classroom,” he concluded.
Lawrence Mayanja, Express fans coordinator told Football256; “As a Ugandan football fan am disappointed with the performance tallying 15 games with one win (in all CHAN games).”
“It shows we are so poor and below average. I blame FUFA for hiring a less experienced and qualified tactician because he has added nothing to our team apart from bringing sadness and sorrow.”
“We need a new coach as soon as possible,” Mayanja continued.
Meanwhile, Ronald Kasirye an entrepreneur at Ham Shopping Grounds said; “Our major problem came from the technical team which has failed to know which player is supposed to play when.
“From matchday one, it cost us till we were humiliated by Morocco. I give credit to our goalkeeper Charles Lukwago who made a lot of saves to deny Morocco more than five goals.”
“My other special mention is Saidi Kyeyune he used a very limited time to at least give fans a reason to be happy,” he said.
Desmond Frederick Kigabane (Medical Clinical Officer) noted: “The general performance was below average and the team looked very much complacent throughout the tournament.”
“The seed of the challenge was planted by the team selection and we have all felt the sour taste of the fruits. As the tournament went on our performance got better but still the results failed.”
“For instance, in the last game, we looked dangerous yet disorganised and we were punished thoroughly. The coach has nothing new to lie to us but rather leave,” Kasirye added.
In the same spirit are number of Ugandans are drowned in sorrow because of the manner in which their team performed in the CHAN tournament.
Uganda will turn their sights on the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Uganda is second in group B, and need at least four points in their remaining two games to seal qualification for the 2021 edition.
They host Burkina Faso next before travelling to Nyasaland for their final qualifier during the international match window between March 22 and March 30.