Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic believes his Uganda Cranes team has all it takes to repeat their performance in Ghana last month after a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Togo in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier played at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Saturday.
Striker Donou Kokou scored the lone goal to give visiting Togolese team a 1-0 win.
“Its not he end of the road for us. Football is not a fair sport at times and all we’ve o do is to go to West African and get a point of three maybe like the last time in Kumasi,” Micho tells Red Pepper Online Monday morning in an exclusive online chat from the luxurious Beshale Hotel en-route to Lome for Wednesday’s Nations cup qualifier.
“We were beaten by Togo at Namboole, but we are equally convinced that we can win in Lome,” he had said in the post match press conference at Namboole. He added: “If you look at the statistics, Togo had just one or two attempts at our goal and scored one goal.Otherwise, we dictated the game.”
Uganda probable X1 On Wednesday
Dennis Onyango, Godfrey Walusimbi, Andy Mwesigwa (cpt), Isaac Isinde, Dennis Guma, Khalid Aucho, Godfrey ‘Baba’ Kizito, Tonny Mawejje, Kizito Luwagga, Brian Umony, Geoffrey Massa
Substitutes: Robert Odongkara, Savio Kabugo, Brian Majwega, Moses Oloya, Emmanuel Okwi, Yunus Ssentamu, Daniel Sserunkuma
The team touched Addis Ababa Airport Sunday at 8.37 pm. (No time difference between the two countries-Ethiopia and Uganda) and will depart for Lome this morning (10.45 am) local time.
Back at Namboole on Saturday, Kokou who had been booked earlier for a foul on Geoffrey Massa capitalized on a good cross to send a hard ground shot that beat Ugandan goalkeeper Dennis Onyango at the far post.
Togo’s skipper Emmanuel Adebayor who also features for English Premier League side Tottenham only had one shot at the Ugandan goal in the first half as he played deep behind the strikers.
Uganda had two missed chances through Kizito William Luwagga and Massa in the earlier half, while substitute Emmanuel Okwi also had a missed free kick deep in Togo’s box. Brian Umony’s appeal for a penalty later in the second half did not pay off for Uganda as well.
Not even the presence of newly appointed Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda could help the Cranes get a positive result as the home fans left the Stadium disappointed.
The win for Togo who took part in the 2006 World Cup in Germany brightens their chances to qualify for the 2015 Afcon finals in Morocco if they can also get another win over the same side at home in Lome on Wednesday next week. Togo lost their first two games 2-1 to Guinea and 3-2 to the Black Stars of Ghana.
Adebayor told reporters after the game that they are happy to get a vital away win and will hope to win again on Wednesday in Lome to brighten their chances for qualification. Cranes Coach Andrew Mwesigwa said they were disappointed as a team, but will get back and train hard for next week’s way game.
Weekend Afcon qualifier results
Gabon 2-0 Burkina Faso
Sudan 1-0 Nigeria
Niger 0-0 Zambia
Congo 0-2 South Africa
D.R. Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast
S. Leone 0-0 Cameroon
M’mbique 2-0 Cape Verde
Ethiopia 0-2 Mali
Malawi 0-2 Algeria
Senegal 0-0 Tunisia
Lesotho 0-0 Angola
Botswana 0-2 Egypt