Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry has denied rumors that his side underrated South Sudan in their 1-0 loss.
South Sudan edged Uganda Cranes during their Group B Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played at Nyayo Stadium on Monday.
Tito Okello scored an all-important goal from the penalty spot as the Bright Stars secured their maiden win.
“It is not true that we underrated our opponents,” McKinstry said.
“We had a 30-page scouting report on South Sudan.”
“Every single South Sudanese player had a video report, technical and tactical analysis done on them.”
“We looked at South Sudan the same way we would look at Burkina Faso, Egypt, or Nigeria.”
“Our approach and preparations for the game did not change one minute,” he added.
McKinstry has now apologised to the Cranes fans, while pointing out the execution by his charges was not good enough.
“Yes, people would say we underrated them because when you get a result like this, for a team like Uganda,” McKinstry continued.
“It is not good enough and so we have to apologise for the people back at home in Uganda, they deserve better.”
“But our preparations were like for any other game, just that it was not good enough and the execution was not good enough.”
The 35-year-old Northern Irish gaffer has also explained the reason for Cranes’ struggles, especially in the first half.
“It is hard to talk about tactics because when you go down to 10 men too early on, it makes it tough,” McKinstry added.
“Even before the red card we did not move the ball fast enough and that was the key point.”
“After the red card, we had to change things around and you noticed in the second half we went three at the back.”
“This is something Uganda have not really played [before], but I think the boys did everything they could,” he noted.