Mwebaze gets his winners medal at the closing ceremony of the 2016/17 FUFA Big league. Maroons won the Big league finale Credit: Kawowo Sports

Asaph Mwebaze retired home on Tuesday contented after his side Maroons played out a goalless draw with URA in the Uganda Premier League.

Maroons were once again not convincing going forward as the two sides conspired to showcase a boring game, but while that was the case, Mwebaze was pleased with the performance.

“First of all we didn’t concede meaning that we did something good. Being a new team in the league, every point you put on the board is positive because it gives you the courage to go on and play the next game.

“These are two points in three games which is not bad for us as Maroons FC because if you consider our previous appearance in the league, we ended the first round with only three points. We have two points so far; that is a drastic improvement.”

To defend his side’s inability to create meaningful opportunities and failure to score a goal thus far, Mwebaze said: “You have to consider the kind of opposition that we have played in the first three games. We have played KCCA, we have played URA. Now these are the title contenders. So if you can pick a point from these guys, you feel like you’re improving.

“Yes, we need to score; that’s a fact, but it’s not a worry because you get a point in this league and probably you get off the bottom of the table. So it gives you the courage to go on and fight. We have the creativity; we can do it but sometimes you’ve got to put the points on the board.

“And it’s not that we didn’t put some pressure on URA. We put pressure on them. We could’ve scored late in the game. All you need is one chance to score a goal so I’m satisfied with the performance.”

Maroons had to wait for substitute Patrick Gonahasa to have a realistic chance of scoring. William Wadri who started upfront alongside William Kiibi was unconvincing on day, but his coach defended him.

“You have to cut him [Wadrid] some slack because he’s playing in a new environment, new team with a new setting. Everybody is getting used to the way he plays and he is getting used to the way others play.

“I’m satisfied with what he has given us. For example in this game, he kept the other team at bay because they know he is there. You give him an opportunity and he will hurt. So he kept there defense in check. They didn’t come forward.”

With that point, Maroons rose five places up to 12th. Next up for them is a short trip to Wankulukuku for a date with Express.

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