Uganda Cranes put up an impressive display on Saturday to dispatch their counterparts Rwanda 3-0 in the first leg of the 2018 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) Qualifiers at St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende.
Goals from midfielder Muzamir Mutyaba (brace) and Derrick Nsibambi ensured interim manager Moses Basena began his duty in the dugout on a good note.
Despite the defeat, Rwanda headcoach, Antonie Hey is confident his team still has the ability to overturn the result in Kigali and dump out Uganda.
Hey believes the display on Saturday was just a bad day in office and he is optimistic he has enough time to rectify the mistakes.
“I first want to congratulate Uganda upon the victory but I must say this was not the best we could offer. We committed a lot of mistakes with we must improve before the return leg,” he stated.
“I do not think it is over as yet. We have the ability to overturn the result at home. We shall have full backing from the fans and the fact that we shall be at home, we can easily level the score.”
However, the Belgian tactician did not have kind words for the Centre referee of the day who he believes had a say in the result at the end of the day.
“It is shaming that the referee did not show equality. He gave a penalty which in my opinion was not and this seemed to have disorganized the boys mentally. When we had a claim for a handball in the box, he did not give it to us,” Hey said.
The two teams meet again this Saturday in Kigali for the return leg and the winner on aggregate will advance to the final tournament slated for January in Nairobi, Kenya.