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Ugandans should drop the fatalistic attitude towards football, says Mike Mutebi

Mike Mutebi thinks his side still has a lot to offer

After his side defeated Egyptian power house Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League on Tuesday, KCCA FC head coach came out and clarified on a number of issues.

Some of the key issues he talked about was the negative attitude Ugandans have towards North African teams and how tactically superb his side was against the eight (8) time record champions.

“We respect Al Ahly, the are the biggest team in Africa and have a lot of history, said Mutebi.

“But we have a very ambitious team on the field of play and i think we displayed some of the best tactical discipline on the ball against them (Al Ahly).

“In the first half, we where a little bit scared but we were not forced by them in any way to commit errors apart from the handball that resulted into a penalty.

“All the mistakes we made in the opening half where down to our negligence, doing school boy errors and giving the ball away unnecessarily.

“Luckily for us, those mistake where not punished and ended the half with a clean sheet.

On how KCCA won the game, Mutebi had this to say;

“The Boys grew in confidence especially in the second half and started imposing their game on Al Ahly.

“As a coach, i am more than satisfied with their performance. I keep on telling everyone that the team i have is well educated and you could see it in their play during the second half and how they forced the best on the continent into committing errors.

On the mentality that Ugandan and east African teams don’t defeat North Africans.

“We have gone some distance in trashing the fatalistic attitude that Ugandans have about our teams and players.

“The general population keeps on saying that the players are not good enough to defeat such opposition but now everyone can see how well coached my Boys are.

Am Ahly like all teams in the ‘Maghreb’ get good training which is the same at KCCA so these well educated and coached players can indeed compete with the North Africans.

Saddam Juma and captain Timothy Awanyi were both on target in the 2-0 win over Al Ahly on Tuesday at Mandela National Stadium.

KCCA are second on the log in group A, level in points with leader Esperance whom they visit on Match day three.

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