Denis Onyango – Artificial turf gave us hard time

Uganda captain Denis Onyango has admitted that Cranes players struggled against South Sudan because of the artificial turf.

The East African giants struggled to overcome South Sudan courtesy of Halid Lwaliwa’s second half strike.

“Most of us rarely play on the carpet, we have been used to Namboole, so everyone is a master in his own area,” Onyango said.

“Halid came in and scored for us, he was home but the delivery from Miya was also good,” he added.

Onyango appreciates players’ efforts

Denis Onyango also lauded the effort from the players despite playing without the fans which has been a norm.  

“I thank the players for fighting as a unit and I think if we win the return leg in Kenya we will be able to qualify,” Onyango noted.

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“We just need to stay calm.”

“We are used to playing at home with the 12th player, the fans, which in this case became a challenge to us because we had no fans to push us.”

“We knew it would be a difficult game depending on the results South Sudan had got in the recent past.”

“South Sudan’s last international games were two goalless draws away to Cameroon which shows a compounded team.”

“They are playing as a team, they defended hard which became a problem for us,” he noted.

Uganda are now second in Group B after picking up a second win.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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