STARTIMES UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE
Mbarara City 0-0 Vipers
Next Fixture (Sunday)
Vipers v Onduparaka
St Mary’s Stadium
Fred Kajoba promised Vipers will keep pushing in the Uganda Premier League title race after a goalless draw with Mbarara City FC yesterday.
The Venoms were held to a 0-0 draw by the Ankole Lions at Bombo barracks playground which saw them stay top in the table, with the lead now cut to two points above KCCA FC, with eleven games left to play.
But Kajoba struck a positive note in his post-match interview with Vipers Media, explaining his growing confidence that his players are ready to achieve their ambitions.
Read a summary of his verdict below…
On whether his message to the players is ‘not to panic’ in the title race…
I don’t think I have to give my players that advice because they know it already. If you are top of the table, you have to be ready for all the different things that happen. The good thing is that we are in the battle, we are in the fight, that’s really good news. My feeling is more and more that we are really prepared for it because again it was a difficult game for us. Everybody has to come here and it’s probably always difficult but obviously against us it’s extremely difficult. We get a point; if somebody should have won the game, I think it was only one team. We had the chances. In a wild game we had chances, big chances and didn’t use them. It’s a point, let’s carry on.
On whether he expects more twists and turns in the last eleven games…
Absolutely. We have so many difficult games, we play Onduparaka on Sunday at home, then travel to Jinja next Wednesday to play Bul FC – how can I sit here and think about the result we’ll have against them? It’s disrespectful and I’m not disrespectful. We have to play a lot of games. The only way you can win something is on one hand to stay calm but lively, critical but very confident. And believe in your chance. We didn’t score, that happens. That can happen. It was a difficult game – the opponent, and the field of play didn’t help for a good football game in general. It was just a fight and we were ready for that fight. Now we have a point to improve on.
On what makes him more confident in his players…
For the two, three days have been with boys, I know they will deliver because l know every players strength. We know that we are good but, unfortunately, a lot of other teams in the league are good as well. We just have to keep going, that’s what we will do. I’ve felt worse after a draw actually, but it’s still ok, let’s just carry on.
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