Serious football coaches always train their players to be on top of the game in the first five minutes of the game and the last five to the break and fulltime.
They also go a step further and manage their situations like celebrations after scoring an important goal, because also during that time, many teams tend to switch and the opponent always capitalizes.
Mbarara City found themselves in a similar when they took on vipers SC in the first semifinal of the Pilsner Super 8 at St Mary’s Stadium on August 9th, 2019.
Mbarara City broke the deadlock in the 77th of the game through Brian Aheebwa, the celebration told a story of a relieved team but with 13 minutes left on the clock, they still had some work to do.
Vipers didn’t need all the 13, in the 78th minute Tito Okello equalized off an Abraham Ndugwa assist before the game was decided on penalties.
“We got over excited and delayed in the celebration which cost us just seconds after scoring,” Mbarara City’s head coach Brian Ssennyodo said after the game.
“We got carried away to the extent of the goalkeeper coming all the way from his goal area to the corner flag of the other side of the pitch where the celebrations were happening.”
“In the process, we lost concentration and allowed Vipers back into the game before we could recover from the celebration,” he added.
Vipers goalkeeper Fabian Mutombora saved Ronald Otti’s penalty in the shootout before he scored the deciding kick, Vipers advanced 5-3 on spot-kicks.