Goran blames players after Cup exit

Police FC coach Goran Kopunovic has blamed his team’s disappointing exit from the Africa Confederation Cup to lack of enough quality players.
Police Fc skipper Jean Bosco Uwacu (right) battling with LLB Academic striker Gael Duhayindavya during Saturday clash at Stade de Kigali. The New Times / J. Mbanda.
Police Fc skipper Jean Bosco Uwacu (right) battling with LLB Academic striker Gael Duhayindavya during Saturday clash at Stade de Kigali. The New Times / J. Mbanda.

Caf Confederation Cup

Saturday
LLB Academic     1-1     Police
LLB qualify 2-1 on aggregate

Police FC coach Goran Kopunovic has blamed his team’s disappointing exit from the Africa Confederation Cup to lack of enough quality players.

Speaking to journalists after Saturday’s 1-2 aggregate defeat at the hands of Burundian side LLB Acavdemic, Goran said, “I am very disappointed with the individual performance of each one of my players.

“They failed to stick to tactical instructions and that is why we could not capitalise on home advantage to progress to the next round.”

He added, “When the season started, I had it in my mind that it would be a tough and challenging season. There is no way we could challenge for three championship titles without enough quality players. It is impossible.”

The Serb admitted his current team doesn’t have enough capacity to play well in the League, Peace Cup and Confederation Cup.

“This was a good platform for the players to gain experience and also have a feel of what it means to play a continental competition, unfortunately we are out but I think they have a good future,” added Goran.

The Rwandan side, who lost 1-0 in the first two weeks, was eliminated 1-2 on aggregates, Saidi Kayumba grabbed LLB Academic’s all, while Imran Nshimiyimana scored their consolation goal.

Last week Police was also shocked after being eliminated by AS Muhanga in Peace Cup after AS Muhanga won by 3-1 penalties following a goalless game.

Police, who are second behind leaders Rayon Sport in the race for the national league title, resume their league title chase on March 9 when they host relegation battling Isonga FC at Kicukiro turf.

 

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