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Micho Confident Uganda Cranes Will Eliminate South Sudan

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Uganda Cranes head Coach Milutin Sredojevic alias Micho has oozing confidence that his team will eliminate South Sudan come Saturday.

The two teams clash this Saturday at Startimes stadium, Lugogo in a return leg of the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) qualifier and Micho is optimistic the Cranes will get the job perfect.

“We shall try to respect South Sudan but not to over respect them here and I have the belief we shall advance to the next round,” he said.

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Micho draws his confidence from the previous CHAN qualifiers that Uganda has played going unbeaten in seven games that he has been charge and helping Uganda reach the final tournament on three occasions.

“We have played seven games in the past, won five and drawn two, scored 12 goals and conceded just two. We have not conceded a goal away from home and from these statistics I can say I’m very confident going into Saturday’s game,” Micho explained.

The coach also goes ahead to appreciate the level of commitment from the players despite some (KCCA FC players) being fatigued.

“I must say I appreciate the level of commitment from the players and the spirit from the technical team. This is a challenging period because the players were in offseason and we needed to work on their fitness levels while the KCCA FC come off a busy schedule on the continent but we have done everything possible to make sure we are up to the standard,” he stated.

Micho believes the senior national team players being in camp with the CHAN team has helped in increasing their motivation.

The players include Vice-captain Hassan Wasswa, Khalid Aucho, Dennis Iguma and Geoffrey Baba Kizito.

“It is important that they are training with us. The young players are motivated and working harder,” he noted.

Uganda takes on the Bright stars of South Sudan on Saturday in the return leg after the first encounter in Juba last week ended goalless and the winner on aggregate will play either Rwanda or Tanzania.

Kenya will host the 2018 Championship of African Nations (CHAN), the 5th edition since inception in 2009.

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