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Williamson blames defence for Cranes' defeat

[Posted 19 Jan 2011]
[By Charles Malingha]
Williamson blames defence for Cranes

Uganda Cranes  will arrive in the country this morning as beaten finalists in the inaugural Nile Basin tournament. They nonetheless, touch down at Entebbe Airport Shs286million  richer, with more lessons learnt, and yes, as the second best team in the Nile Basin region.

Sir Bobby Williamsonís make-shift outfit performed against all odds in this new event.

The tournament was initiated by hosts Egypt, apparently to foster relations with neighbours that share the River Nile in addition to improving football in the region, finishing second after losing to the Pharaohs 3-1 on Monday.

Williamson, who has been in charge of the team at three other tournaments over two-and-a half years, is aware this event has done his side a lot of good ahead of the Africa Nations Championships (Chan) due in Sudan in two weeksí time.

"Certainly I have (learnt a lot)," the coach said after the final.

"It was great preparation for the Chan tournament, and most of these guys have done well and they will be selected," Williamson added.

While acknowledging losing to a better side, Williamson, who started with a more offensive intent than in the second group game which Uganda lost to Egypt 1-0, believes his boys could have got something from the match had they stuck to tactics.

"Possibly we never defended well against the goals today, and that disappoints me," he said.

"Itís very disappointing but when you look at the calibre of the opposition weíve played against, thereís no embarrassment," Williamson added.

Hamdi Sayed netted a brace and super substitute Mohamed Nagy "Gedo", for the umpteenth time, came off the bench to add the third before Caesar Okuti pulled one back for the Cranes from the penalty spot.

"It could have been a massive achievement (winning it) but it was always going to be a tall order. Egypt have a great team, very organised, and with the kind of players we have, we could have got a result but we didnít," the Cranes coach reasoned.

Players like midfielder Manko Kaweesa stood out but the coach would rather not single out individuals.

"Itís a better squad now," Williamson said.

However, there is still a lot more to learn after the Cranes scored six goals while leaking the same number in five matches.

Meanwhile, the prize money, expected to be shared by all Cranes players and coaching staff, will be wired to the Fufa account through the Egyptian Embassy within a week.


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