Uganda Cup: Ssimwogerere left bemused by Odur’s irresponsibility

By Brian Aheebwa

Tony Odur is arguably one of the best Ugandans in his generation from 12 yards, he rarely misses and because of that, he is Express FC’s first choice when it comes to penalties.

It’s with that background that many were left amused why he wasn’t part of the five kickers when Express were dumped out of the Stanbic Uganda Cup 3-2 on penalties by Bright Stars.

Both teams had played the two legs of the semifinals and were tied 2-2 on aggregate after the one all draw at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.

One of those who were left amused was Express coach George Ssimwogerere who failed to get the right words to express his anguish at the end of the game.

“I felt let down by his decision not to take a penalty,” Ssimwogerere told www.football-256.com before adding.

“While I was choosing who was going to take the kick and in which order, Odur told me, coach leave it to us, we shall choose ourselves.”

“Reaching there, he is shying away from responsibility and instead putting the young inexperienced boys in the firing line,” he added.

First it was Michael Birungi’s effort that was saved by Hamza Muwonge, the latter who was teammates with Odur was Bunnamwaya that was later named Vipers then denied Davis Mayanja, and Saddiq Ssekyembe.

“I can’t blame any of my players who missed from the spot because the game of penalties isn’t a guarantee to anyone,” Ssimwogerere added.

All this was before John Revita gave Express an early lead inside three minutes, however it was substitute James Aangu who drew the visitors level with seven minutes left on the clock.

Bright Stars will play Proline on May 25th in the final to be played at Masaka Recreation Ground with the winner qualifying to represent the country at the 2019/2020 Total CAF Confederation Cup.

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