Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic says they will not be tourists at the 2014 CHAN in South Africa.
Uganda have qualified for their second successive CHAN finals after failing to get out of the group stage at the 2011 edition in Sudan where they exited with three straight defeats.
“We should not sit back and relax because we qualified. It is nice that we are among the 16 teams that will be at the CHAN event, but we need to go there as a competitive team and not as ‘tourists’ in South Africa,” said Micho.
Uganda ejected Taifa Stars of Tanzania on a 4-1 goal aggregate to qualify next year’s finals joining fellow Cecafa zone members Ethiopia and Burundi at the finals. “We shall use the CHAN event as a launch pad for preparations for the 2015 Afcon,” added Micho.
The Cranes coach said he expected many of the players in the CHAN team to be promoted to the senior team after the tournament.
Micho said weekly training camps, an early start to the 2013/2014 season and participation in the 2013 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup will be essential in a good CHAN outing. “This will help us prepare well so that we are not ‘punching bags’ in South Africa,” Micho added.
Micho added that the CHAN event will also be a great platform for players to showcase how far Ugandan football had come.