The Uganda Under 23 (Kobs) coach Morley Byekwaso has shown delight in what his side achieved from the two trial games against Saudi Arabia.
Despite falling 2-0 to the home side in the second and final match, Byekwaso revealed that there were a lot of lessons learnt that will help him improve the team before the Cecafa senior challenge cup begins.
“We have learnt a lot from the two games played against Saudi Arabia. During the second game, we improved a lot offensively as we created a lot of chances. Finishing disappointed us and we have to work on that. We need to rectify the defense as well because we conceded two goals. We have learnt a lot from the two matches as we prepare for the CECAFA tournament,” Morley Byekwaso told Fufa website after the game.
In the first game, the two sides settled for a goal-less draw but hosts turned tables around in the second one.
Abdullah Abdrahman and Hashim Alyami scored a goal each for Saudi Arabia in either half.
The duel at the the Prince Faisal Bin Abdulaziz Stadium, Riyadh city on Monday, could be the Kobs’ last trial engagement as they get ready for the regional tournament that starts on July 17, 2021 in Ethiopia.
Apart from Uganda and Ethiopia the hosts, the other countries expected to take part in the competition are; Eritrea, Djibouti, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo who will compete as a guest team.
The tournament fondly referred to as the senior challenge cup, was recently re-evaluated by the authorities and it was agreed that the teams be comprised of players under the age of 23. Only three over aged players are allowed to be included in each squad.
Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Eric Kibowa (UPDF FC), Matovu Hassan Muyomba (KCCA FC),
Enock Walusimbi (Express FC), Abdu Aziizi Kayondo (Vipers SC), George Kaddu (Wakiso Giants FC), Musa Ramathan (KCCA FC), Kenneth Ssemakula (BUL FC), Magambo Peter (KCCA FC)
Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC), Abdul Karim Watambala (Vipers SC), Kyeyune Saidi (Unattached), Steven Sserwadda (KCCA FC), Bright Anukani (KCCA FC), Isma Mugulusi (Busoga United FC), Salim Abdallah (SC Villa).
Mukwala Stephen Dese (URA FC), Ivan Bogere (Wakiso Giants FC), Saddam Masereka (SC Villa), Julius Poloto (KCCA FC), Richard Bassangwa (Vipers SC), Najib Yiga (Vipers SC), Hakim Kiwanuka (Proline FC), Derrick Kakooza (Police FC), Samuel Ssenyonjo (KCCA FC)
Rogers Byamukama – Leader of Delegation
Morley Byekwaso – Head Coach
Simeon Massa -Assistant Coach
Stephen Billy Kiggundu-Goalkeeping Coach
Bashir Mutyaba – Team Manager
Emmanuel Nakabago-Team Doctor
Lawrence Bwanika – Media Officer
Samuel Mulondo -Kits Manager
Hamza Jjunju – FUFA Delegate
Sauda Babirye – FUFA Secretariat