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Not all Ahly players were eager to give 100% against KCCA, says Uganda coach



Uganda head coach Sebastien Desabre believes not all players were eager to put in their best performances against Uganda’s FC in the CAF Champions League.

The record eight-time African champions lost to the Ugandan team 2-0 in the second Group A game on Tuesday to sit at the bottom of the group with one point. Following the defeat, which extended Al Ahly’s winless run to four games, manager Hossam El-Badry announced his resignation.

“I’m very happy that this win for KCCA FC will bring a lot of positivity and [belief] that Ugandan teams and players can face and beat any team,” Desabre told KweséESPN.

“KCCA started that game very poorly, but they improved with time and gained a lot of confidence especially after their goalkeeper saved a penalty in the first half,” Desabre added.

Al Ahly wasted a chance to take the lead in the first half after Walid Soliman’s penalty was saved by keeper Charles Lukwago in the 24th minute. The hosts, however, looked more confident in the second half and broke the deadlock in the 74th minute, before doubling their lead from the spot one minute from time.

“[They] managed to contain the Ahly team well and absorbed the pressure, but the Egyptian team also gave KCCA a lot of space to play the ball and they got punished.

“Not all of the Ahly players looked eager to give 100% in that game,” the 41-year-old, who had a short stint as head coach of Egyptian side Ismaily, added.

KCCA now sit third on the table with three points, after beating Al Ahly and losing to second-placed Township Rollers. Meanwhile, Esperance Sportive de Tunis, who drew with Al Ahly in the group stage opener, top the group with four points.

The group stage games will resume in July, with Al Ahly facing Township Rollers on July 17 and ES Tunis playing against KCCA on the same day.

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