Uganda edged Mozambique 2-0 in Group A of the Africa U20 Cup of Nations at Olympic Stadium in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
The East Africans scored their goals courtesy of Derrick Kakooza and Steven Sserwadda.
According to Byekwaso, the victory came as a result of hard work despite the toughness of the game.
“It was a very tough match.”
“I appreciate the hard work that Mozambique have done in the match,” Byekwaso said as quoted by Caf Online.
“They played well and they were very organized. The first match is always very difficult and that is why we had a slow start,” he added.
The coach concedes side’s nervousness
However, Byekwaso has conceded his charges were nervous and ended up making poor decisions despite their 2-0 win.
Uganda Hippos goals came after the break and Byekwaso claims that the boys were a bit nervous.
“We were a bit nervous and we ended up making poor decisions at times.”
We came back into the second half and told the players to play with intensity.
“That was what was key for us and helped us to come back into the game and win,” he added.
Byekwaso urge players to stay focused
Morley Byekwaso has therefore urged his charges to stay focused if they are to achieve their dream of making it out of group stages.
“We should remain fighting and focused to ensure that our dream of qualifying through the group stages is reached.”
“I pray to God to carry us through because it’s very crucial to us as a team and country at large.”
“It should be noted that we have not yet qualified through the group stages.”
“We still have two big games in the group,” he noted.
The Hippos are top of Group A with three points, same as Cameroon who have an inferior goal difference.