Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has said he is unhappy after all the friendly games he was trying to organize for the CHAN team failed to take place.
The coach told our reporter that together with FUFA they tried to have the build-up games but failed. The Cranes play away to Tanzania on Saturday in a 2014 CHAN qualifier.
He also revealed that his opponents Tanzania will have the advantage because they have played seven matches recently with the same players. Drawing further contrasts between the two traditional opponents, Micho said only two players on his current team were with the Cranes team that beat Angola last month.
The Serbian national says they had already set a date and were getting tickets to travel to Iraq, but Fifa cancelled the friendly for security reasons. Other friendly matches with Rwanda and Ethiopia were also cancelled after the two Cecafa nations declined the offers.
He explained that although his team is responding well, training is much different from match situations. Nevertheless Micho, who is not new to Tanzanian football after spending years as head coach at Young Africans, is aiming for “a decent result.”
Micho, who has helped the senior team get close to qualification for the next round of the 2014 World Cup qualifier, said he believes in the talent of his boys, adding that he knows what to expect in Dar es Salaam.
He said he expects players like Mrisho Ngassa and Amri Kiemba whom he coached at Young Africans FC to play an important part in that game.
Outgoing FUFA President Lawrence Mulindwa also attended Monday’s training session at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole. He urged the players to work hard and utilize the opportunities that come their way to exploit their talent.