Uganda Cranes captain Denis Onyango has expressed his displeasure over the condition of the turf at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, where Uganda drew 0-0 with Ghana.
“It was a disgrace to play the World Cup qualifier match on this pitch. The pitch must be looked after because we are not a village team. We’re a national team. It looked as if it was prepared for the Masaza Cup which means there’s no respect for the national team,” Onyango said.
The grass at Namboole was trampled over during an overnight prayer by city pastor Aloysius Bugingo on Wednesday night. This gave the Cranes only one training session on the pitch after using Buziga Islamic grounds on Thursday.
Rounding up on the pitch issues he asked the management of the stadium to be more professional in their conduct, if they want the national team to play so well.
“Our fans are wonderful. The people love the team and they support them but the pitch is not so good. We tried to play well on a bad pitch. But when we want to play good football I think we must have good pitch,” he said.