Uganda Cranes tactician Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has said his team should keep a close watch on Madagascar’s Lalaina Nomenjanahary when the two teams battle on Sunday in the first leg of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) preliminary round of the qualifiers in Antananarivo.
The Serb told reporters in an interview that his players should not take the Madagascar team for granted because they have what it takes to be a dangerous side.
Micho said Lalaina who has been enjoying good form for French side RC Lens together with Johann Paul and USM Alger’s Carolus Andriamatsinoro will be the key players to watch.
The Cranes team moved to have a feel of the artificial turf in Njeru this afternoon since the game on Sunday will be played under similar conditions at the ‘Stade Rabemananjara-Mahajang’ Stadium.
Micho hastens to add that the weather in Antananarivo can be very tricky and this explains why they have opted to travel late on Friday ahead of the Sunday game.
In their last meeting in 1983, Madagascar beat Uganda Cranes 1-0 at home before winning 2-1 in Kampala. But the Cranes who have not qualified for Afcon since 1978 have vowed to play their hearts out in this campaign.
The Cranes will however miss the services of injured University of Pretoria striker Geoffrey Massa and Norwegian based midfielder Tony Mawejje, but will hope that Emmanuel Okwi and Hamis Kiiza find their scoring touch.
The winner between these two sides will face the winner between Mauritania and Equatorial Guinea in the final phase of the preliminary round.