Express Football Club coach Wasswa Bbosa says his side’s exit from the 2021 Caf Champions League will not break the team down.
Express Sunday crashed out of the tournament after losing 1-0 to Al Merrikh of Sudan at the Shikan Castle stadium in Obeid.
“We’re out of the CAF Champions League but I think the boys have done well, they’ve given their all under the circumstances because there was a lot of disorganisation, the game was moved (from Friday to Sunday), the officiating was also lacking today but on our side this won’t kill our motivation,” coach Wasswa Bbosa said after the game.
He added, “we’re going back to concentrate on the Uganda Cup and the league, most of our players were playing for the first time on the continent but our fans shouldn’t lose hope, we shall bounce back better.”
Ahmed Hamid Al Tash scored the all important goal in the 74th minute of the game. Thus, the home side advanced on away goals rule after the tie ended 2-2 on Aggregate.
Express who hadn’t played on the continent since 2008, won the first leg 2-1 at the St Mary’s stadium, Kitende.
Despite resisting for the better part of the game, the the visitors gave in and Al Merrikh broke clear on the right flank with Ahmed Hamid Al Tash finding space to slot home on 74 minutes to and send the home fans into jubilation.
The loss didn’t only end Express’ journey on the continent but also their unbeaten run which had stretched to 26 games across all competitions.
The Uganda Premier League Champions are expected back in the country on Tuesday and will consequently begin preparations for their Uganda Cup semi final game against BUL FC that takes place on Thursday 23rd September, 2021.