Uganda Cranes Cosafa team coach, Abdallah Mubiru, believes that changing the team’s strategy in the second half cost the team in their Cosafa Plate semifinal against South Africa.
The Cranes controlled the game and opened the score immediately after restart through Dan Serunkuma.
The team then switched their approach to long balls to try and push away the hosts who were pressing hard for an equalizer. That, Mubiru says, was the setback. Rudah Singh equalized for South Africa in the 72nd minute.
The Bafana Bafana went on to win 4-2 in the shootouts.
“We played better than the first game and even scored a goal. We possessed the ball well until the last 30 minutes when they pressed us hard in our own half. We decided to change to long balls to overcome them but that is what cost us. We started losing possession very easily and then concede,” Mubiru said.
The coach also rued wasted chances and luck for the loss in penalty shootouts.
“The game of football also depends much on luck which we didn’t have (yesterday).
However, the coach added that, the level of performance has improved.
“Our main objective was to set a team to play in the CHAN qualifiers starting next month and I think we now have it in place in which we can build for.”
Uganda will play one final game to determine their position in a 7th and 8th place classification match.