Uganda Cranes Head Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has said although his team managed to hold hosts Ghana to a 1-all draw in a 2015 Afcon qualifier tie yesterday, the Black Stars were awarded a dubious penalty.
The Cranes showed lots of motivation and character at the Baba Yara Stadium to take a 45th minute lead through man of the match Tony Mawejje.
But the Tunisian referee from no where awarded Ghana a penalty on 47 minutes after defender Denis Iguma picked the ball and Waris Majeed surprisingly went down in the box as the home fans also booed the decision. Dede Ayew, son of Ghana’s legend footballer Abed Pele netted the penalty.
Sredojevic said they will be very hungry to build on this draw away from home by making home games count. He was also very happy that his players took instructions seriously and foiled Ghana’s style of play which kept skipper Asamoah Gyan missing out of the game for long spells.
South African based goalkeeper Dennis Onyango who kept Uganda in the game after making several blocks said he was happy that after falling to Niger in a build-up on Tuesday, they had worked hard to get a good result against Ghana. Defender Savio Kabugo who made his first start for the senior team was equally a happy player and thanked God for pushing him through despite getting an early yellow card.
The Cranes will next host Guinea on September 10 at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole. Guinea stopped Togo 2-1 in the first Group E match on Friday.
Uganda XI: Dennis Onyango (G.K), Denis Iguma, Godfrey Walusimbi, Savio Kabugo, Andy Mwesigwa (Captain), Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito, Khalid Aucho, Tony Mawejje, Moses Oloya, Luwagga Kizito (94’ Luwagga Kizito) and Brian Umony (66’ Kizza Hamis).
Subs Not Used: Robert Odongkara , Isaac Isinde, Richard Kasaga, Robert Sentongo , Yunus Sentamu