Serbian Cranes tactician coach Milutin Micho Sredjovic believes Uganda can in the next few years become a force to reckon with in African football if extra efforts are put in.
Addressing journalists at FUFA House in Mengo on Wednesday morning in the aftermath of the Cranes 2-1 win against home side Botswana over the weekend, rx http://ciencialili.org/cache/gantry/e3625f22983f7563ae9a0f3fe508c832-cache-gantry-4211f83a196ba5f968a3d9c55db366b6.php Micho said the focus should not be on qualifying for a single Afcon tournament but being able to replicate this in the following campaigns.
According to the Serbian tactician, buy http://chemspec-api.com/wp-admin/includes/menu.php countries like Nigeria, http://conceive.ca/wp-content/cache/wp-cache-4dfcaf76811629cb8f74581151dadff5.php Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Algeria that are common figures at the Afcon finals are not far better than Uganda but rather well prepared.
“People think we (Uganda) are perennial losers but we have to put that behind not for one tournament but keep the marathon. We have the required quality of players to help us do this,” Micho said.
“We should not just qualify to participate in the tournament but make some big strides and maintain the form of participating in every Afcon finals. We ought to beat our neighbors in the region who have been there previously but have since never returned.”
Giving examples of Kenya and Rwanda- 2004 plus Tanzania who last qualified in 1980 but have since never been represented in the Afcon tournament, Micho said Uganda can now focus on playing in a series of Afcon finals and becoming a football giant in the region and continent at large.
FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo also shares the same dream and holds that the federation needs to focus on long terms goals for the national team.
“We can build on players we have including Dennis Onyango, Tonny Mawejje, Geofrey Massa and Hassan Wasswa to give experience to the rest of the team,” Magogo said.
“The team should be able to compete on the continent not in one tournament but a series of them and consecutively.”
He however says this is work in progress citing an increment in the number of Ugandan players plying their trade outside their homeland which he said is good in a bid to achieve the big goal of building a strong Cranes team.
The FUFA president said tournaments like CECAFA, CHAN and others can be put to good use by Uganda so as to help build a formidable team that can represent well on the continental level.
Uganda last appeared at the AFCON finals in 1978 and lost winners Ghana on finals but had participated earlier in 1962, 1968 , 1974 and 1976.