Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic says Uganda will do its best to win their 2014 CHAN opener against Burkina Faso on Sunday.
“We shall not over-respect the Burkina Faso team that much because we know what to expect and must go out for three points. Winning the opening game is very important in such a tournament,” Micho told reporters after training at Langa Stadium on Friday.
Micho said although they are aware their opponents are very physical and technically effective, he will have a surprise for them in store.
“The boys know what to do and what is ahead of them,” added the Coach. The experience of Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and Richard Kassaga will be very vital in matching the physical aspect of the Stallions.
“We are going to play our hearts out in our first game because we want to start on a good note,” said skipper Dennis Iguma. The likes of Joseph Mpande, Brian Majwega and youthful Yunus Mugerwa are expected to lead the Cranes’ attack to cause some shocks for the Burkina Faso defence.
Meanwhile, The Stallions who lost 1-0 to Nigeria in the 2013 Afcon finals are however hungry to prove a point in this tournament.
Although they qualified for the event for the first time after seeing off Togo, Coach Paul Put believes they have a chance to win the trophy. “I will not underrate any team and I know our opening game against Uganda is very important in such a tournament.
Although we do not know much about Uganda, my boys are determined to do the job,” said Put. Although Burkina Faso has recorded more wins over Uganda in recent years, Put says that will have no bearing in the game on Sunday.
Francis Kabore and Lare Mohammed Diarra will be the players to watch for the Stallions.