Moses Basena addressing the media shortly after the match (Photo credit : Ronnie Lusulire)
By: Danito Nsubuga
It was inevitable that the first words out of Moses Basena’s mouth after the 3-0 impressive win against Rwanda’s Amavubi stars would be ” It’s only halftime “. because he is well aware of the damage that can be caused by his opponents going into the return leg of the CHAN qualifier.
” We are very lucky that we managed to pick a very positive result today but we shouldn’t forget that this is a tie to be decided over 180 minutes. It’s only the 1st half and we have to play the 2nd half in Kigali. Thank God we have gotten 3 unanswered goals which is a very big positive for us”.
” Not many times have Uganda managed to beat Rwanda with such a big margin especially in recent times “.
“There are some of the technical aspects of the game that we need to work on like better ball retention and keeping concentration, we lost so many balls and we were lucky not to have gone punished but we hope to work on them and not forgetting that the players haven’t been active enough, that’s why I mainly preferred to use KCCA players”.
Basena was so thankful to the media for giving a very positive mileage towards the team and the fans for their enormous support through out the full 90 minutes.
When asked to highlight the key areas that he will have to work on for improvement, he said,
“We need to work on the way we treat the ball, we gave away so many balls, we need to focus more awareness and know when to move forward , back and forth”.
He also singled out URA’s youngter Shafiq Kagimu for praise after he had a relatively good game.
” I am proud of him, I signed him for URA FC and i am happy with the way he is developing, he is one of the key players who give our team an extra dimension going forward and he will be a very useful player for our national team.”
Basena took off Captain Bernard Muwanga immediately after halftime and he also explained the move,
” Yes it was a tactical decision, he had a yellow Card on him and could easily earn a second bookable offense due to the physicality of the game, I also discussed it with him and he understood it. Again, we have so many players who can do a good job in that area particularly Tom Masiko who retains the ball well”.
Uganda will have to visit Rwanda in the 2ne leg of the qualifier Next Week in Kigali.