Cranes Coach Blames Poor Surface for Loss to Liberia

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Williamson said apart from SC Victoria defender Dennis Iguma and Godfrey Walusimbi who played well on the poor playing surface in Monrovia, most of the players failed to adapt to the conditions and yet the opponents knew what to do on the bumpy pitch.

Uganda Cranes tactician Bobby Williamson has said he is very confident his team will beat Liberia when the two sides meet in June in a 2014 World Cup qualifier at Namboole Stadium.
 
Explaining to the media the Cranes 2-0 loss to Liberia in Monrovia on Sunday, the coach admitted that his team did not play well and attributed the loss to a poor playing surface and the level of refereeing by the Egyptian officials.
 
Although Uganda Cranes are glued at the bottom of Group J of the qualifiers, it is not yet over because they will get back into contention if they win their next two home games in June against Liberia and Angola. The coach said his only prayer is that his first choice players get playing time with their respective teams and also work hard to keep fit in preparation for the June games.
 
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The coach said it is not only Uganda that loses away games, but made an observation that generally most teams fail to register wins away from home in Africa. He said this could be because players spend a lot of time travelling to the matches. He also reasons that it could be that  the level of officiating home matches where referees are linient to home teams.
 
Williamson said apart from SC Victoria defender Dennis Iguma and Godfrey Walusimbi who played well on the poor playing surface in Monrovia, most of the players failed to adapt to the conditions and yet the opponents knew what to do on the bumpy pitch. 
 
He explained that the team conceded goals after the midfielders resorted to short passes and lost the balls. He said playing short passes is especially dangerous when a team is pressed.
 
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The Cranes only have 2 points in the group, while table leaders Senegal top with 5 points and Liberia are second with 4 points. Angola are in third place with 3 points.