One team tried to win, another defended well – Da Costa

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Vipers coach Miguel Duarte Da Costa

Following a goalless stalemate against 10-man Bright Stars in Matugga, Vipers Coach Miguel Da Costa was left disappointed but gave credit to the opponents for the way they defended.

The Portuguese in his post-match remarks said his team attacked as the opponents sat behind to defend and so only one team tried to win.

“One team attacking, one team defending,” he stated. “But you know what, it’s not easy to know how to defend and the other team knew to defend,” he added.

I must congratulate the other team for the work they have done.

Jimmy Kakooza was sent off early in the game and Da Costa believes that for a team that plays with eleven men behind the ball, the red card made it even tougher for his team.

When they don’t have the ball, they put eleven players behind it so this seems strange, but after the referee put one of their players out, our job was harder. Because that way, they didn’t have 10 players but 10 fighting for every ball.

Like Kajoba, his opposite number, Da Costa believes the referee made two huge mistakes in the game that cost either side.

One red card for a home team isn’t a red card and another for a penalty which was denied to us but it’s okay.

But he was instead disappointed with his team for failure to put the ball behind the net despite creating so many goal scoring opportunities.

I must be disappointed with my team because we had a lot of chances to score but we didn’t score but this is football.

He also had no kind words for the unplayable surface at the Champions stadium, Matugga.

When you look at the pitch, it’s not playable especially for a team like us that wants to play possession football.

Vipers’ next game is a home tie against Bul FC at Kitende on Friday.