Mauritania Coach: We Shall Eliminate Uganda

Patrice Neveu
Patrice Neveu

Mauritania fell to a two-nil win against Uganda in the third round first leg of the 2015 AFCON qualifiers in a game played on Sunday 20 July in Kampala.

Speaking to the press after the game, Mauritania coach Patrice Neveu said that they would not hold back in the second leg despite carrying a two-goal disadvantage.

“The game in Mauritania will be much different with our own public and a much decent pitch unlike here. Lots of our players missed this game mainly through suspension and others were not released by their clubs.”

“A 0-0 half-time scoreline was not bad at all for us,” he said in the post-match press conference, adding, “We know gave everything.” His midfielder Khalil Ahmed interpreted from French to English for the media.

Uganda Cranes striker Geoffrey Massa controlls the ball on Saturday at Namboole before he scored against Mauritania
Uganda Cranes striker Geoffrey Massa controlls the ball on Saturday at Namboole before he scored against Mauritania

“In the second half, Uganda played with a high tempo and they were physical enough so they won most of the challenges. But we still have 90 minutes at home to fight on.

Patrice Neveu is also quoted as being optimistic of reaching group stages.

“It was a tough match, Uganda did not want to concede. We gave our best and confident the win will help us reach the group stages, he said.

Uganda Cranes will need to just avoid defeat in Nouakchott to progress to the group stage of qualification to the 2015 Nations Cup qualification.

Group E, which includes four-time African champions Ghana, Togo and Guinea, awaits the winner between Uganda and Mauritania over the two legs.

Mauritania’s last competitive home game was a 1-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea in the previous round of qualification.

Equatorial Guinea went on to win the return 3-0 but were disqualified after being found to have used an ineligible player in the first leg.

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