Uganda Cranes Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has asked the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) to organize some build-up matches for the team ahead of their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Equatorial Guinea next month.
Sredojevic told reporters on Monday morning that after watching Equatorial Guinea stop Mauritania last month, he is sure his team needs more playing time in their legs before that match.
After the Cranes saw off Madagascar on May 31, qualifying on an away goal’s advantage, the Coach thinks there is a lot of work to be done and this must include have build-up games. Sredojevic knows what to expect after traveling to Malabo on June 1 and watching Equatorial Guinea beat Mauritania 3-0.
The Coach explained that one of the reasons for not playing so well and scoring few goals in their last two games against Madagascar was partly because of lack of build-up games. He explained that all the Cranes players are not at the same level with some being very active at their respective clubs, while others are not and playing together through build-ups would be a better strategy.
Sredojevic explained that although he had struggled to push the FA to organize build-up games before the Madagascar games, they did not succeed. He said they will have to be very strategic and organize well for the Equatorial Guinea match. Uganda will host the first leg on July 19th at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
The team will welcome Kenyan based defender Godfrey Walusimbi who missed the two games against Madagascar because of suspension. He was sent off in the World Cup qualifier tie against Senegal last November. But midfielder Khalid Aucho will miss the game after he accumulated two yellow cards in the two games against Madagascar.