Stanbic Uganda Cup | Round of 16
• Bright Stars 1-0 Police Aggregate (2-4)
“It wasn’t very important whether we win or lose, the most important aspect was qualification.”Abdallah Mubiru
Those were some of the words for Police Football Club head coach Abdallah Mubiru moments after the team’s defeat.
The gaffer felt un bothered with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Soltilo Bright Stars in the Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 16 return leg at Kavumba recreation center in Wakiso district on Wednesday evening.
Following a reasonable goal margin in the reverse fixture at Lugogo (4-1), Uganda Police played away from home aiming at not conceding beyond two goals which dream came true.
The Cops had an opportunity to score in the early stages of the game but left winger Duncan Sseninde’s free-kick from outside the box hit the goal post for a timely clearance.
Also, skipper Tonny Mawejje had his point blank range shot saved by Bright Stars goalkeeper Simon Tamale while Brian Mululi’s impact upfront was tamed by the hosts’ defenders giving him no space.
The Stars scored after 79 minutes through Joseph Angu’s header that beat custodian Derrick Ochan whose sight on the ball was derailed by direct sunlight setting in the West.
Abdallah Mubiru made three changes in the game, bringing on Henry Kisekka, Herman Wasswa Nteza and Kizito Fahad for Ben Ocen, Brian Mululi and Muwada Mawejje.
Kisekka who was returning from injury was caught in action by Senninde before his shot got deflected for a corner-kick while Wasswa’s distant effort found Tamale alert.
“I thank and praise the players for qualifying, we are now ready and prepared to face any challenge at the quarterfinal stage. We played to the plan maybe until the final minutes when they managed to get the goal for some recklessness in marking opponents but such things happen.”Abdallah Mubiru
“Our main focus was to qualify so I don’t ask anything much more than that, players have achieved it, I’m so grateful with them and now we are ready for the quarter-final.” Added coach Mubiru after booking a last 8 berth.
With the quarterfinals draws due to be held, Police will now shift attention to overcoming the StarTimes Uganda Premier League hurdle against Express on Saturday at Mutesa II stadium in Wankulukuku.
How The Cops Lined up against Bright Stars
19 Derrick Ochan (GK)
22 Tony Kiwalazi
11 Ruben Kimera
31 Kiryowa George
15 Henry Katongole
6 Tonny Mawejje (C)
14 Muwada Mawejje
7 Yusuf Ssozi
32 Brian Mululi
20 Duncan Senninde
10 Ben Ocen
Tom Ikara, Dennis Rukundo, Hassan Mahmood, Kizito Fahad, Herman Wasswa Nteza, Mubarak Nsubuga, Henry Kisekka