Police FC Coach Abdullah Mubiru has turned to his players after a poor show in the team’s humiliating loss to strugglers Nyamityobora FC.
Police FC lost 4-1 to the Abanyakare in a second round of the Uganda Premier League encounter played at StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.
Coach Abdullah criticised his players’ attitude and spirit, claiming they deserved no more than a 4-1 scoreline.
My players mentality was poor, we were just reckless on the day and it cost us the whole game,” Mubiru said in a post match interview.
The way we lost possession and the rate at which we missed many chances, its very a shaming.”
Mubiru named Reuben Kimera on bench as Juma Balinya and Ronald Nyanzi led the front. Balinya, the team’s top scorer shot wide with an empty net in sight in the eighth minute of the game and couldn’t tap in from a low delivery when his side was trailing 2-0.
Police FC failed to beat Nyamityobora’s debuting goalkeeper Denis Otim on various occasions: Otim purred over Odong’s shot over the bar before Ronald Nyanzi’s header from a resultant corner could only hit the crossbar.
Nyanzi fired wide at the restart before he was substituted for Derrick Kakooza and Reuben Kimera could later make a cameo appearance in place for Simon Mbaziira but Police’s only moment of joy was Arafat Galiwango’s header at the top corner.
We were a better team on the day, only that we couldn’t step up where it mattered most.”
Police FC who had won the reverse fixture 1-2 on a rainy day at Wankulukuku (Before Nyamityobora was allowed to host at Kakyeka) was put on the sword by speedy forward Ibrahim Dada Juma who scored twice and made the other two.
The forward could have scored more, including a big miss when he rounded Keeper Mutebi to leave him crawling on the ground but couldn’t find the net from a tight angle.
Police FC has now conceded the most number of goals in the league – 30. They have only kept two clean sheets – against URA and Bright Stars.
Coach Mubiru assured the press that Police will make some new additions especially reinforcing his defence before the transfer window closes on Thursday night. He also claimed that the team is in advanced talks to add in a goalkeeper.
Next for the Peace Keepers is a daunting trip to Betway Muteesa II Stadium to face Express FC on March day 17. Express won the first tie at Lugogo and it will be a fierce contest given that Express too, lost (1-0) away to Buhinga on Tuesday.