Uganda Cranes Head Coach Abdallah Mubiru has acknowledged that his charges found it hard to deal with long balls during their one-all stalemate with Kenya in a friendly game played on Sunday September 8th.
Emmanuel Okwi scored in the 23rd minute to send Cranes in the driving seat but Kenneth Muguna leveled the matters in the 52nd minute.
According to Mubiru, Cranes was lucky to secure a draw following a spell of attacks from Kenya but he is happy that they secured a draw.
“Kenyans played long balls at times which gave us problems, we could not cope with them,” Mubiru said before adding.
“However, I am happy with my defenders; they gave absolutely everything to ensure they deal with those long balls. In the second half, the pressure was on us but I am happy we managed to get a draw which is good for us.”
“This was a game of two halves, we dominated in the first half but struggled in the second one,” he added.
However, the soft spoken tactician has also praised youngster Allan Okello for his display despite facing a more experienced side.
“He is developing well, his level of commitment was good and we are happy to have him. The contribution the youngster made was important for us, he played maturely. He will be vital for us in the future, he is a talented player,” he noted.
Uganda Cranes was using the game to prepare for the upcoming African Nations Championship qualifying game against Burundi, the first leg will be played on September 20th before the second leg which will be played on October 18th.