Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has expressed his euphoric anticipation for a positive result against Mali on Monday September 6th at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.
The clash will be Micho’s second encounter since consolidating power at the helm of Uganda’s football national team for a second time but will also double as the country’s second game in this year’s Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers campaign.
This particular match will be the first home game for the Serbian gaffer since his departure from the job back in 2017 in what proved to be undesirable circumstances headlined by financial arrears and contract breach.
He will however have to ask for more from his team coming into this clash following their lackluster and boring goalless stalemate against East African counterparts Kenya on Thursday September 2rd 2021.
The gaffer addressed the media in a pre-match press conference that was held at FUFA House in Mengo on this very Sunday morning. This is what he highlighted:
“The World Cup Qualifiers are the highest level of competition that we are entering in and everyone knows this. We assessed the wrongs against Kenya both physically and theoretically so I can say that the team will be ready.”
When asked about a possible return to the team, players like Halid Lwaliwa and captain Emmanuel Okwi, he highlighted that there was a need for them to pass the late fitness test before making a final decision about their fate.
“The two are in recovery mode so we have to conduct a late fitness test this Sunday evening before we make a final decision ahead of the game.” He made mention.
Micho has however been vocal about his plan for the project over the past two months, assembling a new team with both experienced and young talent following the retirement of former captain Denis Onyango and other senior players.
He needed no invitation to mention this: “The platform we are building is geared towards ensuring that the team gets hardworking, passionate and increases the spark in performance that will give us desired results but most importantly, help us in our transition.”
As he solicited support for the team from the country, Micho admitted his excitement with the assimilation process between the young talent and the experienced players, along with the hospitality that it came with.
Meanwhile, Mali maintain grip on top of Group E after edging Rwanda 1-0, Kenya are on the other hand joint second with Uganda following their goalless draw, while Rwanda sit rock bottom.
The Cranes held their final training session on Sunday September 6th at the planned host venue for what promises to be a mouthwatering clash.