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Nandwa maintains that his charges put up a good display against a strong Ugandan side but were unlucky to triumph due to poor officiating

Kenya's stand in coach James Nandwa refused to blame his players for conceding two goals but slammed the match referee after his side lost 1-2 to Uganda Cranes in the Cecafa Cup finals on Saturday.

Nandwa maintained that his charges put up a good display against a strong Cranes opposition but were unlucky to triumph due to poor officiating.

''We played very well, the boys showed their composure and pedigree but we were a little bit unlucky."

"The officiating was wanting and I think we would have done bettter. Centre referee (Thiery Nkurunziza) flagged off Mike Baraza in more than five occasions in the match when we had a good chance at goal which would have made a difference," the coach told Goal.com.

The defeat saw Stars finish as the tournament's runners- up. His opposite number Bob Williamson was however, magnanimous in victory saying his boys deserved to be champions.

"This is the sweetest victory (of the four Cecafa titles I have clinched). I rested some regulars and tried out some youngsters who have performed really well. Besides, I am happy to have beaten Kenya twice. They denied as a place at the African Cup of Nations and it was important that we put that to bed."

Both teams will now concentrate their efforts to the upcoming African Nations Championships (Chan) qualifiers as well as the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

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