By Anye Nde Nsoh
Sports Writer kick442.com Cameroon
Northern Irish football manager and current head coach of the Uganda national football team Johnathan McKinstry, has accepted defeat from a qualitative opponent, phrasing loopholes of his team.
During a post-match press conference, the 35-year-old tactician appreciated the qualitative performance and set pieces shown by coach Lhoussane Ammatou and boys.
“Morocco were clinical absolutely clinical. We gave them a couple of goals and even if when you give the ball to them in dangerous areas, they still put it in the net. The quality of our opponents showed they deserve the victory.”
Morocco being the defending champions in the tournament, posed a problem to Uganda, a game which was long anticipated to be challenging.
“It was a game we knew it was going to be very challenging for us.”
Several pundits have raised varied views analysing the game, following certain irregularities. Coach McKinstry rather stays positive as a tactician.
“The penalty obviously could not have come at the worst time for us. We have got no complaints about the penalty. My technical bench could not see what I saw from my position so it was a fair enough call, but it came at the worst time.”
“The second goal a young left back slips which again was very unfortunate. The game started to unravel but I have been told by many people that there was a handball which we could have gotten a penalty as well. Obviously we are all very sobbed, first of all congratulations to my counterpart from Morocco, we wish them the very best in the rest of the tournament.” Jonathan McKinstry.
Uganda suffered a 5#2 defeat from Atlas lions of Morocco guaranteeing a place to the quarter finals.
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