Uganda Cranes: Micho Sets Points Target For AFCON Qualification

 

Uganda Cranes coach Milutin Micho Sredejovic has set that must be reached for his side to book a place at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.

Uganda Cranes are pooled in Group F alongside Algeria, Niger and Tanzania, and the four nations will each face off home and away.

The top two teams will qualify for AFCON finals in Ivory Coast next year.

Micho says that Uganda Cranes will need above 10 points, of the 18 points available, to book an AFCON ticket.

“I strongly believe that every single Ugandan expects the team to go to AFCON and our ultimate target is to get more than 10 points that will guarantee us qualification for AFCON,” Micho said.

Micho (left) helped Uganda break a 39-year AFCON jinx back in 2017. FUFA photo

Uganda Cranes will start their campaign away to Algeria on June 4 before hosting Niger four days later.

“In this bracket of two matches against Algeria and Niger, we are planning to have 3+ points, this is what we are looking at.”

Micho is aware of the threat posed by Algeria, who are the 2019 AFCON winners in Egypt, where Uganda also reached the knockout.

He added: “We are entering this match against Algeria fully aware that chances are not lost but taken by those that are ready to work hard and take them.

“And we want to start on a best possible note with a highest degree of respect to the Arab cup champions and former AFCON champions. They are a good side, and we want to measure ourselves ok how far we have reached in terms of development.”

Uganda Cranes players readying for Algeria and Niger

Isaac Muleme and Shaban Muhammad suffered minor knocks in a friendly against Hammam Sousse.

Uganda will have another practice match against Al Ahli Tripoli on Wednesday before leaving Tunisia for Algeria for the first match on June 4.

Micho says that his squad – blend of young and old – is new chapter in Uganda football and this campaign is great chance for them to show their worth.

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