Micho retains faith in his players

Uganda coach Micho Sredojevic is confident his misfiring stars will wear the right boots come Saturday.


The Uganda Cranes put up a drab display in Tuesday’s goalless friendly draw with Malawi in Kampala, with no real fight and desire showed.

That was Cranes last match before Saturday’s first leg of the 2015 Nations Cup pre-qualifier against Mauritania.

Micho looked on in wonder as his stars fired blanks but will not delve deeper into his side’s shortcomings. Rather, a bold face is what he is showing.

“I know where problems are and I will work to address them,” said Micho, adding, “Detailing our challenges in the press will only help the confidence of the opponents.”

Emma Okwi has not had a good game upfront for Uganda all 2014.
Emma Okwi has not had a good game upfront for Uganda all 2014.

The 44-year old Serbian added: “I have full confidence in my work and even more in players and I look to Saturday beaming with confidence and with no pressure.

“I assure you and millions of Ugandans feeling (concerned) like you that coming Saturday we shall throw all we can on Mauritania as criteria to get the result. We just ask Ugandans to come in numbers and support us.”

Mauritania coach expects tough game

Mauritania coach Patrice Neveu expects Saturday’s qualifier to be a grueling one with Uganda hoping to post a convincing victory ahead of the return leg in a fortnight and Mauritania looking to get a result that will see them return home with a good chance of progressing to the group stages of qualification.

Mauritania coach Patrice Neveu
Mauritania coach Patrice Neveu

Their last meeting was a friendly early January with Uganda running away 3-0 winners. That particular friendly was used by both teams as preparations for Chan, where the Cranes failed to progress from the group stages.

“We’ve played against Uganda before and lost to them 3-0,” said Neveu after Wednesday training at KCC’s Lugogo Stadium in Kampala, adding, “We lost against a very good team. So we expect a tough game (on Saturday).

“But we have improved a great deal since that loss,” he added in French through an interpreter.

“We are now a different team and we are confident we can get a good result. We are better now, we have a player playing well in France; he should join us.”

The winner over the two legs will join Group E of qualification, where four-time African champions Ghana, Togo and Guinea lay in wait.

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