In knockout tournaments where a game is played home and away, a team that hosts first tends to be protective of conceding while the visitors be looking for at least that precious away goal.
Red Eagles’ head coach Wasswa Bbosa was delighted with his side’s goalless draw with KCCA FC in the first leg quarterfinal of the Stanbic Uganda Cup at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wakulukuku on Wednesday.
Bbosa believes that Express holds the advantage ahead of next week’s second leg to be played at MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo.
“We have drawn 0-0, and yes, the chances were less, but we have time to improve and ensure that we go to Lugogo and win the game,” Bbosa said after the game.
“The best thing is that we did not concede a goal at home, and now what we are looking for is the away goal, and I believe the players will do it, and we go through not the semi-finals,” Bbosa added.
It was a game of limited chances as both sides lacked intensity in the final third, and there will indeed be all to play for when they meet again next week.
“We wanted to win the game,” Express captain Enock Walusimbi noted after the game that would have gone either way before adding.
“The boys tried their level best, but we lacked clear cut chances, and I think that is where we must improve and try to create as many chances as possible in the second leg.”
“It is our advantage they have not picked up an away goal, and I know for us when we go to Lugogo, we shall score goals, win and go to the next level,” he added. Wednesday’s game was also the first time none of the two rivals managed a goal since 2014.