Sun 18th May 2014
Madagascar Vs Uganda
3pm (Same time as in Uganda and Madagascar)
Venue: Stade Rabemananjara – Mahajanga (Artificial turf)
Match officials: Ref: Victor Gomes Miguel (RSA)
Ass Ref 1: Stevens Khumalo Mothibidi (RSA)
Ass Ref 2: Sandile Dili Kane (RSA)
Fourth Official: Victor Lungwani Tinyiko
Match commissioner: Gladmore Muzambi (Zimbabwe)
Uganda Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic has promised to improve on Uganda’s ‘bad-travelers’ reputation by picking a positive result when Uganda face Madagascar this Sunday at 3pm.
The match will be played at the artificial turf of Stade Rabemananjara-Mahajanga, which the hosts are more accustomed to than the Cranes.
The 1-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau in March 2011 remains the only victory in a sequence stretching back to October 2006. The Cranes have, however, managed three draws in the process.
But the Serb says Uganda can do better with a more exciting young squad than that which flopped in previous campaigns.
“You will see a different Uganda playing away this time around, with more maturity and hunger than the previous squad,” said Micho on Saturday from Island nation.
“This away match will be very crucial for us to go and win it so that we make our lives easier in the return leg in Kampala. Everybody is assuming the COSAFA nation is going to wallop us, but that’s not the case, we are also here to score goals and win.
“If we can get at least a draw our chances of making the next stages will greatly improve,” he added.
Micho has some exciting prospects down the middle with floating midfielders Brian Majwega, Luwagga Kizito and Martin Mutumba all boasting qualities to break down the Madagascan defence.
The Serb also has four strikers on his team including youngster Francis Olaki. But it is Yanga’s Emmanuel Okwi likely to start with either club teammate Hamis Kiiza or Gor Mahia’s Daniel Sserunkuma.
Uganda and Madagascar will be meeting for the fourth time in history. The previous three have ended in two wins and one loss for Uganda. – The previous meetings ended Madagascar 1-0 Uganda (10/4/83 Afcon Qualifiers), Uganda 2-1 Madagascar (24/4/83 Afcon Qualifiers) and Uganda 5-0 Madagascar (24/7/65 All-Africa Games).
The winners between Uganda and Madagascar over the two legs will face the victors between Mauritania and Equatorial Guinea in the final phase of the preliminary round.
Man to watch (Uganda) – Emannuel Okwi, he has established himself into a reliable asset in Micho’s time as coach of Cranes so far. His versatility and dribbling skills doing it at a higher tempo on the field of play has seen various defenders sweat to stop him. He plies his trade in Tanzania with Young Africans.
Man to watch (Madagascar) Lalaina Nomenjanahary. The 27 year old Lalaina turns out for France side RC Lens and has the versatility to play both as a left fullback or a left sided attacking midfielder.