Uganda Hippos skipper Julius Poloto admitted their South Sudan counterparts offered more than they expected.
Poloto says they had to even change their attitude after first half and the take the side more seriously.
Moustapha Kizza put the Hippos in the lead from the penalty after Steven Mukwala was brought down in the area but moments later, the opponents equalised through Mustapha Mujjuzi own goal to put the tie at 1-1 going into the break.
“We thought the game was going to be so easy,” admitted Poloto in the post-match presser. “But after the first half, we read our opponents and so had to change our attitude and mind,” he added.
Poloto was surprised by the opponent’s high pressing game.
“They came with a game plan which did work in the first half. They were pressing high. As a team, we went to change rooms and said as a team we had to change and maneuver and it worked.”