Despite registering an emphatic 5-1 win over South Sudan, Uganda Hippos coach Matia Lule says the game isn’t over yet.
The two nations meet in three weeks’ time in Juba for the return leg with the aggregate winner progressing to meet Cameroon in the quest to qualify for the Afcon U-20 finals in Niger late this year.
“It’s not over yet,” said Lule. “If you go with such a mindset, they things are bound to turn against you,” he added.
For us, the game is still on and we shall give it our all in the return leg.
Left back Mustapha Kizza was shown marching orders for elbowing an opponent in an off the ball incident and will miss the second match.
Although Lule admits he will be missed, he isn’t bothered about lack of choice.
“To be sincere, I don’t know why he was sent off,” a surprised Lule confirmed to the press. “I was looking at action in the opposite end and all I saw was red. WE shall miss him but we have so many Kizzas in Uganda,” he confidently asserted.
Late last year, the Hippos were involved in the U-20 Cosafa tournament held in Zambia and the former KCCA and Express coach lauded its importance in preparations for this game.
“It did help us a lot. From then, we knew the skeleton of the team and so choices were easy.
Uganda needs to avoid a loss of a four goal margin in Juba to set date with Cameroon at the next stage.