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McKinstry takes blame for Cranes’ shocking defeat to South Sudan


McKinstry takes blame for Cranes’ shocking defeat to South Sudan


The Uganda Cranes head-coach Johnathan McKinstry has taken the pressure off his team by shouldering the blame for Uganda’s embarrassing defeat to South Sudan .

Tito Okello scored the only goal of the match moments after Khalid Aucho had recieved matching orders.

“When you get a result like this we know its not good enough and so we have to apologize for that to the people back home in Uganda, they deserve better”.

McKinstry said in post match press briefing.

“We were not good enough and for that i take full responsibility as the coach, for the players i think they gave in all they could but today we fell short so, we’ve got to go back and look at ourselves. If something positive can come out of this result, it humbles all of us”.

However, the Northern Irishman decried the red card that was shown to the Cranes midfielder Khalid Aucho and consequently reducing the visitors down to 10 men.

“It’s hard to really talk about tactics because when you go down to 10 men, so early on. I need to watch the video but I don’t think we moved the ball so quickly before the red card”.

“Our preparations were like for any game but the execution was not good enough”. He concluded.

The Cranes lost the return leg to South Sudan in Nairobi, thanks to Ugandan born Tito Okello’s 37th minute penalty.

Uganda now lies second in Group B with a point less than leaders Burkina Faso who drew 0-0 with Malawi away in Blantyre.

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