- The hosts lost the penalty shootout 7-6 after a 1-1 draw after extra time
- Kirya was tasked to win the Uganda Cup at the his appointment to replace Kefa Kisala
Defiant Ibrahim Kirya refused to blame his players after URA’s Uganda Cup exit at the hands of Express at Lugazi on Tuesday.
The Tax Collectors were the better side for large spells of the game but suffered a heart break in the penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw after extra time.
“It was simply not our day,” said Kirya. “I can’t blame any of my players. They were fantastic on the day but unlucky and that’s all I can tell you now,” he added.
I am with the players, I cannot be against them, I cannot have a bad feeling with them. The focus now shifts away from the game and to another one since we can no longer do anything about this now.
At his unveiling, Kirya, who replaced Kefa Kisala at the helm of the club, was given a target to finish in the top four but also tasked to win the Uganda Cup.
When asked what next, he told Kawowo Sports;
That’s out of my hand now. Better pose the question to the management.
Since his appointment, Kirya had won over seven games in all competitions until the Red Eagles ended his perfect record.