Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has rubbished claims that he should be called the ‘special one’ after guiding the team to qualification for the 2014 Africa Nations Championship.
Uganda humbled Taifa Stars of Tanzania 3-1 this evening at the Mandela National Stadium to qualify on a 4-1 goal aggregate.
The Serbian-born coach who was hired by the Ugandan FA on May 21 said after the game that he is not the ‘special one’ like Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho called himself during his first spell in-charge of the English Premiership side.
“I am just a Ugandan because I dream and think about this country even when I was not coaching it,” said the former Rwanda coach.
Micho explained that their opponents had played well in the first half and shocked them with the movement of Mrisho Ngassa, but added that they changed strategy in the second half which killed off the game.
The tense first half ended 1-1 after Frank Kalanda gave the hosts the lead in the 6th minute, before Amri Kiemba equalized 10 minutes later.
Uganda added two more goals on resumption through Kalanda and Brian Majwega’s penalty conversion. Micho brought in the fresh legs of Ivan Ntege, Simon Okwi and Lawrence Ndugga to close out the Taifa Stars.
Tanzania’s coach Kim Poulsen made a double substitution later in the game bringing on Vincent Barnabas and Haruni Chanongo for David Luhende and John Bocco, but to no avail.
The CHAN finals will be held in South Africa’s cities of Polokwane, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, and Cape Town next year.