Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic is quite a scared man now! He insists there is not enough time to refocus his preparations now that it has it emerged that Uganda would-have-been opponents in the 2015 preliminary qualifiers, Equatorial Guinea, have been disqualified.
Micho does not expect an easy game against Mauritania on July 19th at Namboole Stadium here in Kampala.
“But now we need to change focus from Latino style of Equatorial Guinea to French stamp and influence of Mauritania; from top class field and humidity of Malabo to artificial field and heat of Noukachot,” Micho says.
Equatorial Guinea were on Thursday disqualified from the competition qualification after continental football body Caf ruled against them following a protest brought by Mauritania Football Federation (MFF).
Mauritania protested Equatorial Guinea’s fielding of Thierry Fidieu Tazemeta in previous round playoff, which the former won 1-0 in Nouakchott.
But despite Mauritania being ranked by Fifa at 137, 51 places below Uganda and 35 adrift of Equatorial Guinea, Micho does not expect cheaper opposition.
“When I watched their match (Equatorial Guinea 3-0 Mauritania) there I knew that complaint had been lodged,” he told supersport.
“There is no good news because it’s same Patrice Neveu (Mauritania coach), who is top a class coach we played against in a friendly Kampala on 3rd January.
Winners over the two legs will join qualifying Group E that has four-time African champions Ghana, Togo and Guinea.