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UPL: Kisala attributes Wakiso’s poor performance to poor pitch state

Wakiso Giants coach Kefa Kisala | courtsey photo

Wakiso Giants head coach Kefa Kisala has attributed his side’s failure to pick up what should have been an easy win over Bright Stars, to the soggy and poor state of the playing surface at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku.

The purple sharks seemed to have put aside their opening day defeat to KCCA aside as they brilliantly swept past URA and scrapped past Tooro united in their preceding two games.

Tom Masiko scored his second goal for the club early on, converting from the spot in the 3rd minute after youngster Hassan Ssenyonjo was brought down inside the area.

But they failed to clear their lines, with second half substitute Ronald Nkoonge pouncing to smash home the equalizer at the hour mark.

A heavy downpour with an hour to the game drenched the playing surface and affected the quality of football on show from either side.

Either sides resorted to aerial balls which Kisala believes that it denied his charges to bag maximum points on the day.

“I blame our poor performance to the poor condition of the pitch, because we changed our strategy because of the rain,” an evidently disappointed Kisala said after the game.

“I credit my players for the point secured because the pitch didn’t allow us to play the way we were supposed to play, we instead resorted to aerial balls,” he added.

Kisala was right to feel frustrated with the surface, as a couple of impressive combination plays suggested his side could have been dominant had they played on a drier surface.

The purple sharks should also have themselves to blame, as they failed to take the few chances they created. Geoffrey Sserunkuuma failed to find the back of the net from close range, placing his header off the target.

While debutant Kirizestom Ntambi agonizingly watched his shot sail just wide of the upright in the 79th minute.

Despite the draw, Kisala’s men climb to the top of the table with seven games from four games, a point and game more than second placed Onduparaka.

They play host to BUL FC on Saturday September 14th at the Kabaka Kyabaggu stadium as they look at extending their 100% home record intact.  

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