Green Eagles head coach Aggrey Chiyangi says he told his team prior to facing Gor Mahia in the quarter-finals of the 2019 CECAFA Kagame Cup that he did not want to be eliminated at this stage.
Chiyangi told Futaa Zambia that he asked his players to work extra hard to ensure they win the match and progress to the semifinals.
"What was important is that we told our players that we did not want to go out of the tournament at this stage. We asked them to do a little harder work. We conceded an early goal but it happens in football what was important was to come back which we did. In the second half, we saw that they were getting tired so we brought in another striker so that with fresh legs he can get a chance and score which he did and from a difficult angle, " he said.
"When you go for the tournament the bigger picture is to win the title but you have to cross rivers which will make you reach We have crossed so many rivers, We have one more to reach the final so we taking it to step by step, " he added.
Chiyangi is impressed with the quality of players he has seen at the tournament.
" We have seen a lot of good players in this region, "he said.
Eagles came from a goal down to beat the Kenyan outfit 2-1. Nicholas Kipkirui opened the scores in the third minute but the lead only lasted for six minutes as Tapson Kaseba leveled matters in the 9th minute.
Second-half substitute Shadreck Mulungwe put Eagles in the lead with a 70th-minute strike from inside the 18-yard area. Eagles will face KCCA of Uganda in the semifinals set for Friday, July 19th.