Uganda to play Turkey before Senegal Clash

Etoile Du Sahel striker Emma Okwi
Etoile Du Sahel striker Emma Okwi

Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is optimistic an ambitious final international preparatory match against some of the World’s finest footballing countries Turkey will materialize.

The Serb who saw his Cranes side fall 3-0 to Egypt on Wednesday evening in El Gouna immediately flew to the European nation to finalise plans to have the friendly as a finally build-up ahead of a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Senegal on September 7.

Uganda needs to beat Senegal to qualify for the last stage of the World Cup qualifiers.

Insiders at Mengo intimate that Uganda will fly to Istanbul Turkey for the game before reconnecting to Morocco for the do-or-die encounter to be played under floodlights.

And the Uganda coach thinks the 3-0 loss to Egypt on Wednesday was a good wake-up call.

Micho said there have been lots of positives about the game and negatives that they will certainly have to improve on.

“We created about seven good chances and therefore we now know where we are and how to go ahead,” Micho told reporters during an interview at the Cairo International Airport.

“We are not happy with the result, but we are glad we know where to concentrate and make this a better team ahead of the Senegal game,” added Micho.

Against the six-time African champions on Wednesday at the El Gouna Stadium, the Cranes showed some poor form in defending against an Egyptian side led by Mohamed Salah.

The Basel winger, together with Ahmed Hassan and Ibrahim Salah, netted for the home side.

Micho said that they have a lot of work to do before the Senegal game and that was evident yesterday.

“We shall not sit down and cry, but carry ourselves up and work hard towards victory,” added the coach, who maintained that he will punish players who fail to explain why they don’t honour national team call-ups.

The coach said it will be very important for the Ugandan league to start on August 20th as planned because it will help some of the national team players to get match fitness.

“I will also try to make sure of the likes of striker Emmanuel Okwi and Geoffrey Walusimbi, who have problems with their teams Etoile Du Sahel and Don Bosco respectively,” he added.

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