Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has said his troops played a good game despite falling 2-0 to hosts Egypt in an international friendly on Monday night at the Air Force Stadium in Cairo.
“My young side played a good game but lost concentration in defense which resulted into goals. But am happy that they have got the exposure,” said Micho. On August 14, Egypt humbled the Cranes 3-0 in an international friendly played in El Gouna.
The six time African Champions scored in each half in a game they used as a rehearsal ahead of a crucial an away game on October 15 against Ghana in the first leg of the 2014 World Cup qualifier play-off.
Ahmed Eid scored early in the first half after a defensive lapse, before Hazem Emam added the second against the run of play in the 66th minute.
Frank Kalanda should have pulled one back for the Cecafa regional Senior Challenge champions but blasted wide on 77 minute with only goalkeeper to beat.
“I have to take this like some kind of message (from the game),” he said.
“I need to improve the side more and more, the Chan Championship and Cecafa are just a few weeks away.
“I have to take this in a positive way and keep trying to do my best as a coach.”
“I thought that my boys would have been able to find some space to create the chances in the second half,” he added.
Not even the introduction of Simon Namwanja and Feni Moses Ali could change the game for the Cranes.
By last night the team was preparing to travel to Jordan for another international friendly against Iraq on October 2 at the Amman Stadium.