We need to tighten up – Branko

Today (Saturday) Somalia  v  Tanzania Uganda  v  Zanzibar
Rwanda coach Branko talks to his players. (Photo / A. Oryada).
Rwanda coach Branko talks to his players. (Photo / A. Oryada).

Today (Saturday)

Somalia  v  Tanzania

Uganda  v  Zanzibar

KAMPALA - Amavubi’s Croatian tactician Tucak Branko has said the 4-0 loss to arch-rivals Uganda in their opening match of the on-going Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup is a good wake-up call to the players and the technical team.

“We certainly need to improve in all departments and become very clinical in front of goal,” said Branko who is having his first feel of the Cecafa Challenge Cup.

The coach told Times Sport that losing the first game with such a score was bad enough, but added that it was a lesson they much take very seriously and recover in style to win the next group A games.

Rwanda still has to face Zanzibar, Somalia and Tanzania in the next group games. However, Zanzibar’s 2-0 victory over Somalia has made

Rwanda’s work very tough, requiring them to pick nothing less than victories in their remaining encounters.

Rwanda who will next take on Somalia on Monday will need to get their scoring boots on to score as many goals as possible in order to smoothen the passage to the later stages of the GTV sponsored tournament.

Defender Gaseruka Alou who had an excellent first half against Uganda Cranes also said they have to take every game like a final now.

“We have to treat every game like a final because we lost the opening game,” said Gaseruka. The good news for the Amavubi squad was that injured goalkeeper Jean Claude Ndoli was also released from hospital.

“He got a problem with his knee, but he may not be ready for the next game,” said coach Branko.

Meanwhile, Ferwafa’s Vice President Vadaste Kayiranga has blamed the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) for having some matches kick-off at lunch time.

“How can you start a game at 1.30 pm. That is very dangerous for the players,” said Kayiranga. He said Cecafa needs to start be considerate to the players and teams instead of taking things for granted.

“They must have games in the later part of the afternoon,” he added.


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