Uganda defender Isaac Isinde has apologised to his team-mates and the entire country after his goalmouth blunder helped Ghana record a 1-0 victory in the Africa Cup of Nations' Group D opening game on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old, who formerly played for St. George, brought down Asamoah Gyan in the box on 30th minute after his poor pass was intercepted. West Ham United star Andre Ayew slotted the resulting kick in to win the game for the Black Stars.
“It hurts to lose a game of football,” Isinde told Kawowo Sports. “More so, I feel bad that it’s my error that cost the team. I apologise to all Ugandans and fellow players for the mistake,” he added.
Despite the defeat, Isinde insists that Uganda still have an ideal opportunity to make it out of the group and qualify to the quarterfinals as they face Egypt next on Friday before a date with Mali next week.
“We have to believe we can still do well in the next game. For now, the game against Ghana is behind our back. Besides that one mistake, we played well and as players, we are proud of the performance though very disappointed with the results," he said.
Ghana lead Group D with three points, two points ahead of Mali and Egypt respectively.