Hussein Mbalangu and Co wound up the first round of StarTimes FUFA Big League with a hard-fought victory against Paidha Black Angels at the Bar Okoro Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Super substitute Rashid Kawawa scored brace in the 80th and 87th minute to tame Allan Kabonge’s side in the presence of their intimidating fans.
Our head coach Hussein Mbalangu faced club media post the match to provide his views on the win that earned us the right to lead the summit in Elgon Group as the first round closes.
His general reaction on the game
We’ve won our last game in the first round, it has not been an easy game because the rain even disturbed us very much and we tried to manage it, first half we didn’t play very well because the rain disturbed us.
When it is raining, you are forced to fight with the ball, with the rain, the slippery ground, the opponent you are not comfortable with the ball, so we didn’t play well but in the second half when we came back and the rained had stopped, that’s when we started to play and that’s where we started to manage the game properly.
On why the forwards’ finishing was lacking
It’s individual responsibility. Because we always do those things, we do shooting, finishing, each and everything, so when we reach in the game, if somebody does not put the ball in the net, I think it’s not the coach. I think it’s an individual problem, because we usually tell them what to do in those situations. We tell them not to panic but be aggressive, concentrate, look at the keeper then put the ball in the net.
On if a fresh lecture to Kawawa on finishing turned the tables
That’s why when Kawawa was coming, I told him, if you get a chance, this is rainy day, try to shoot the ball, if you are on that side, try to shoot it far. And he did it, in fact he got three goals, one was cancelled then the two he scored nicely and he took the day, because we’re on pressure and to lose on Paidha would have been a shame but alhamdullilah our substitution helped us a lot.
On Baden’s performance
He played but his final touch and decision was a bit lacking.
On if Baden should have gone for goal than crossing
Yeah, he should have. Even when in the dressing room during recess we discussed it. That’s the responsibility we usually tell them. So, players lose that responsibility and give it to another. We usually tell them to know where they are, should I shoot? Should I pass? Should I cross?
Because we should have scored in two minutes. Because Gadinho gave him a clear pass, a through ball and the keeper was coming and he was retreating, it was a matter of putting the ball in the net but his decision making disturbed him
On what would have happened if Patrick Aruwa scored in an empty net against us
Allah, I think was on our side because we survived that empty net. Muhamed fumbled with the ball together with the goalkeeper, then the striker ran with the ball, he was very sure he has a goal but alhamdullilah Allah helped us, the ball went begging and went out. I told my bench; we’re going to win this game. As long as we’ve survived the goal, we’re going to win.
On Anyama’s saves
Since Anyama started being in the goal in every game, my colleagues and I consider him the man of the match. They say to win a trophy, you must have an outstanding goal keeper. In 12 games, he must make one blunder, an outstanding goalkeeper.
We have now played seven games and Anyama has not made a major mistake. That young boy is very outstanding. Even when a striker goes through when Anyama is there, we are confident Anyama will save the situation.
So, me and my colleague, our man of the match or our best player is Richard Anyama in the goal. You saw when Liverpool got Allison Becker in the goal, everything became well. So, with outstanding goalkeeper everything is okay.
Gadafi Gadinho and Allan Mugalu partnership in creative role
Gadinho and Allan don’t play the same thing, they’re different. Allan is more attacking, dribbling and going forward. Gadinho is more of passing those splitting passes. So, when we put Paddy to sit, it means we need somebody who can do Paddy’s work because Paddy is more of planning. That’s why we introduced Gadinho because we wanted a flowing game and it worked, he played very well. We saw in the second half about ten minutes he was very good with the ball, but poor in marking because he was tired, and we’re on pressure, that’s why we brought in Rajab Kakooza and he did a very good work.
On if Kawawa’s fresh legs was key to overpowering opponents
We cannot blame our players for having reduced their speed in the second half because when you are playing in a rainy day, you use a lot of energy. So, it was not only on our side that guys were tired, even the opponents. That’s why when we brought fresh legs, it was enjoyable.
You see Kakooza was brought and there was positive change in midfield, Ade played very well. He put pressure on defenders, he was running in spaces and then when we brought Kawawa, they combined very well, Kakooza, Ade and Kawawa and we got goals.
For us even if we’re tired, we must attack because we play attacking football. That’s why every time we expect a goal, as we work on avoiding conceding.
On Whether Kawawa’s first goal should have stood
We were very far, because we saw the linesman raising up the flag. We don’t know who was off side in between. Ade flicked the ball, then Kawawa comes and finish it. Maybe at the time Ade flicked the ball, Kawawa was offside, that was referees call. For us we don’t talk too much on referees because that is their work, and we have work to do too. If you cancel, we go and score another goal.
On why his substitution including Kawawa perform very well
Reason why our substitutes perform very well is because we tell them. Because we have the strategy and game plan before we start the game. Those who are starting, we tell them we’re going to do this, and that. We’re going to operate like this with the ball and without the ball.
You may see some people playing very well but they lack discipline in following the strategy. So, we substitute them and lecture the income player on what to change. Because what we want is a goal or a pass, or to create and that’s what they did.