CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOCUS: KCCA boss says Esperance deserved to win on Tuesday

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOCUS: KCCA boss says Esperance deserved to win on Tuesday
Mike Mutebi, coach of KCCA

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jul 20, 2018. 15:00

Kampala Capital City Authority coach Mike Mutebi has blamed lack of experience for their loss to Tunisia’s Esperance on Tuesday night.

KCCA squandered a two goal lead to lose 3-2 against Esperance in their third CAF Champions League group stage encounter.

Although the Kasasiro took a 2-0 lead inside the first 22 minutes at Stade Olympique de Rades thanks to Jackson Nunda and Khalil Chemmam’s own goal, they were not able to hold on with their lead erased 10 minutes later.

Speaking after the match, the manager pinned the loss on the lack of experience and naivety of his charges.

However, the coach was pleased with the performance of his charges and believes they gave good account of themselves against a respected side.

“Of course we had come here to win because you would see from the way we played. We didn’t come here to play a defensive game but the naivety and inexperience – because these are young players – cost us,” he said to Kawowo Sports.

“Otherwise with more experience, we would have held on to the 2-0 lead or even after them equalizing. We had a chance to make it 3-2 before halftime but failed to do it and they we’re more effective.

“You could see the variation in tactics. We were playing the same formation 3-5-2 but trying to be knowledgeable about how we play and marching with a respected Esperance.

“I think they deserved to win. They were slightly more effective and better than us.”

Meanwhile, the Ugandan champions will host Esperance on Saturday, July 28 in the return leg at Mandela National Stadium.

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