Following a 2-1 loss to Vipers on Tuesday that ended KCCA’s unbeaten run at Lugogo since the artificial turf was laid, Mike Mutebi slammed his defenders Denis Okot and Timothy Awany but paid tribute to opponents.
KCCA were cruising to a routine win at the venue after Geoffrey Sserunkuma first half penalty put them in the lead but second half replies from Tony Odur and Geoffrey Wasswa gave the visitors a deserved win.
“Congratulations to Vipers, they deserved to win,” said Mutebi. “They were the better side on the day,” he added.
At 1-0, the hosts rattled the bar through Isaac Muleme and looked on course for a first victory until Awany’s reluctance to clear the ball saw Odur capitalize to level matters in the 65th minute.
“We were careless in the way we played,” a fuming Mutebi revealed. “You can’t make such errors as defenders with bigger challenges ahead of us. The school boy errors cost us.
Though hard hit by the defeat, Mutebi says it was a bitter lesson that finally opponents punished them.
Awany and company have always been let off the hook by either opponents failing to score or by the forwards. Today they paid the price and hope they learn from that.
Title race complicated
Although still on top with two games in hand over rivals SC Villa, the soft spoken but eloquent Mutebi admits the loss complicates matters of title defence.
“Of course it does,” replied when asked.
No team in the country has played more competitive matches this season than KCCA going into the final bend of the campaign but Mutebi remains adamant his players, who have registered one win in six previous league games, are not fatigued.
We can’t use as an excuse. How comes the match ended with all of them in the opponents half?
KCCA’s next outing is away to Express FC on Friday before playing against Police two days later in the quarter finals of the Uganda Cup.