Uganda Cranes tactician Jonathan McKinstry has taken full responsibility for his side’s poor showing in their 1-0 defeat to South Sudan on Monday.
Tito Okello scored from the spot to hand the Bright Stars their first victory in the qualification matches at Nyayo National stadium in Nairobi – Kenya.
“We weren’t good enough and I like to take full responsibility for the performance as a coach. We planned for the game, we trained well, the players and the coaching staff did their best to implement the game plan, but we haven’t been up to par,” McKinstry noted in his post match interview.
He added, “I am the person that is ultimately responsible for what the players do and I know they work hard to try and put on a show that people want but today we fell short. We have to go back and look at ourselves. If something positive came from this match is that it humbles all of us.”
This was McKinstry’s first defeat as Uganda Cranes tactician in 12 matches since his appointment last year.
The East African giants got some scoring chances in the game with Farouk Miya rattling the cross bar while Emma Okwi had his goal cancelled for an offside.
Uganda is second placed in group B with Seven points, one shy of leaders Burkina Faso while Malawi (5) and South Sudan (3) are 3rd and 4th respectively.