Police FC boss Abdallah Mubiru has lashed out at the time-wasting tactics from Bright Stars and says that the football fraternity should do away with the antics that ‘do not help the game’.
Police had to settle for a 2-2 draw at the Kavumba Recreation Grounds in Wakiso on Saturday evening as the Cops played to their first draw of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League season that saw them slip down to fourth.
But Mubiru was left agitated with the large chunks of the game that were eaten by their hosts as they tried to cunningly run down the clock suggesting that perhaps Bright Stars should have used the time to find a third and probably walk away with three points.
He then called upon the match officials to be keen against such ‘shameful’ tactics before disclosing that he has held conversations with the head of the Referee’s body Ali Tomusange and he expects action.
“I like to condemn the act of time wasting,” Mubiru said after the game, adding; “We do not benefit from anything as a sport from these tactics.”
“I saw Bright Stars every time they took the lead, they started wasting time which in the end did not help them because probably the time they wasted should have helped them scoring one more goal.”
“I think that is one vice that we need to fight against. I have talked to the match officials today, and I have frequently been talking to Ali Tomusange (head of referee’s body) about the same we need to find solutions against such,” he added.
Police twice came from behind to level the game. Sulaiman Ssekamatte put Bright Stars in the lead as early as the 13th minute but Brian Muluuli drew the Cops level in the 33rd minute.
Ssekamatte restored Bright Stars’ lead in the 61st minute before Muluuli completed his double with scoring his sixth goal of the season five minutes from the end of the game.
Mubiru has now seen his side who conceded only three goals in their opening seven league games conceding five in three games, conceding two or more goals in two of those games.
The coach who credited his players for the effort and proficiency in front of goal called on his players to re-find their resolute and stability at the back as the season enters a crucial stage with the Cops heavily involved in the chase for the title.
“We have faced a tough game against tough opponents who were prepared to stop us from playing the way we would have loved to play and I think they succeeded most of the time,” he said.
“I thank my players for the effort and character they have shown because coming from down twice is not easy but they have done it.”
“It is unfortunate that we are now beginning to concede,” Mubiru continued.
“At the beginning of the season, this is one area that we wanted to find solutions and now it is three games that we are conceding a goal.”
“The good thing is that we have continued scoring and we have scored more than one goal in the last four goals which is encouraging but we need to keep it a bit tighter at the back,” he explained.
The Cops are now four points behind champions and leaders Vipers SC who lead the way on 24 points.
Police host 13th placed Mbarara City next at the MTN Omondi Stadium on Wednesday as they prepare to face three of last season’s top five (SC Villa, URA and KCCA).
That will be before their home clash against Express FC who are currently one of just two unbeaten sides in the league so far in their remaining five games of the first round.