After suffering a 3-1 home loss to Wakiso Giants in their last StarTimes Uganda Premier League at Kavumba Recreational Centre, SC Villa players looked dejected and derailed.
It was evident that the team majorly composed of youngsters was left with weak muscles.
To help them regain both the mental and physical strength, head coach Petros Koukouras is urging his troops to forget the defeat and match on.
According to Koukouras, football is a team sport in which individual blames count for nothing. Therefore, he wants his players to recover and thereafter chase for a collective goal- victories in the next matches.
“It would be easy and convenient to blame individuals for what happened but football is a team sport,” he told club media on Monday.
“We have stayed together and united. I believe the game against Wakiso Giants even brought us closer. We have got to stay intact during the bad and good days,” he added.
The Greek tactician has also refused to buy into claims that the team lost against the Purple Sharks because of fielding largely young players.
“We knew that we are going to have ups and downs in our performances when we include so many young (U20) players in the team because they require patience.”
“We need to build character and learn how to take what we want from the games even on our bad days to keep collecting points.”
“It is the responsibility of the coaching department to guide those young players to do better in the future as well as concentrate for 90 minutes,” he noted.
Koukouras says past games are only good for providing lessons that are vital for future encounters and there is no reason as to why they should dwell much into what is already done.
“We have two weeks to prepare for our next game and we need to increase the workload to be fully fit for the game against Express.”
“We should not panic after a bad result. We all know defeats are part of the game but it was unacceptable the way it came. Three goals in 25 minutes and all from crosses.”
The Jogoos return into action on Saturday, November 20, 2021, in the encounter against arch-rivals Express FC at Betway Muteesa II Stadium Wankulukuku.