The CAF Champions’ League Group A thriller staged in Kampala between hosts KCCA and Egyptian side Al Ahly had effects on the touchline after the latter’s head coach Hossam El Badry called it quits with the African giants.
As confirmed on the club’s official twitter handle, the team accepted the resignation of their coach after the loss with Badry having admitted that they didn’t utilize their chances in Kampala in his post-match interview.
“In the first half we controlled the game and created many chances, and we get penalty but didn't score. We didn't utilize our chances and our second half performance was not like first half and KCCA attacked us. We conceded the penalty and after that it was difficult,” Badry is quoted by CAF.
On his side KCCA head coach Mike Mutebi wasn’t happy with his side’s first half display, and noted that they should have scored more goals in the second half.
“I have always said we respect Al Ahly, but today we displayed very good tactical discipline in the second half after some school boy mistakes in the first half. We should have scored more in the second half. In the end we have gauged ourselves against the very best, and I'm very satisfied," Mutebi said.
On the other Group A clash staged in Tunis which saw Esperance run riot in a 4 - 1 win over Township Rollers, the coaches had this to say:
Khaled Ben Yahia (Head Coach, Esperance)
“We played an excellent game today. The players were serious and well disciplined, applying everything we did in practice. We had difficulties in the last 15 minutes of the first half, after having conceded a goal. We won because or opponents were exhausted. They could no longer keep up with our pace. If the players had paid more attention, we could have easily won by five or six goals.”
Nikola Kavazovic (Head coach, Township Rollers)
“It was because of the early goal. If we had survived the first 10 minutes of the second half, at an away game in front of this many supporters, I doubt that we would have lost this game. It’s difficult, psychologically to get back in the game after the second goal. We managed to press for a while, but for the final 15 minutes, the players were exhausted from the long journey and lack of sleep.”