AFCON: Micho Confident as Cranes Intensify Training

Uganda Cranes tactician Micho Milutin Sredojevic has said he is confident Uganda will finish off the job as they play Burkina Faso on Saturday in Ouagadougou in the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers.

The Serb said the players’ high spirits have been boosted by the arrival of their foreign based companions, information pills adding the team is in good shape and ready for the big task ahead of them.

“The boys are committed, hospital dedicated, physically fit and mentally strong to play the game on Saturday,” Micho said on Tuesday evening during the team’s training at Namboole stadium.

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Goalkeeper  head coach Fred Kajoba watches as Robert Ondongkara goes through drills.

Goalkeeper head coach Fred Kajoba watches as Robert Ondongkara goes through drills.

“They are motivated and we are ready to get whatever we can. At least if we can get 4 points from the double header against Burkina Faso because our strategic intention is to lead the group.”

In their 2-hour drills on Tuesday evening, all the players including the save for custodian Denis Onyango, trained well despite showing signs of fatigue.

The former Rwanda national team coach said his intention is to bag at least 7 points from the next 4 games so as to brighten Uganda’s chances of playing at the Afcon finals, a dream the team has not achieved for the last 38 years since 1978 when they were beaten at the finals by hosts Ghana.

“It is easy to promise and the same time threaten but we shall do everything possible to see this happen. We have in mind that they have been together for a long time and have been at the Afcon more recent than we have but we believe we have something driving us,” Micho said of the Stallions.

Micho inspects his  players

Micho inspects his players’ training 

“I want to see the last whistle giving us an answer to every player’s energy wasted during training.”

Uganda will play Burkina Faso on Saturday in their first 2017 Afcon qualifiers encounter in Ouagadougou before their return leg in Kampala three days later.

The Cranes lead Group D with six points while Burkina Faso are third on the four team log after two games so far played.

The group winners qualify for the 2017 finals in Gabon.


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