Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic hailed his players after picking a point in their opening game at the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN).
The Cranes showed steel and determination in a goalless draw against DR Congo on Saturday in Annaba, Algeria.
“They are two time champions and one of the favourites of this competition. I believe that we have applied ourselves very well on the field, we have been physically above the opponent, dominated them technically and tactically,” Micho said after the game.
“I give credit to the players for working very hard, for not being intimidated by the big names of our opponent but showing that Uganda has what to offer in this tournament.”
Milton Karisa had a goal disallowed in the first half for a foul in the build up while defender Gift Fred headed onto the post from a well taken free kick by Geoffrey Wasswa.
It was a balanced contest overall and Coach Micho will hope to build from this point to help the side break the knockout jinx.
It’s strong to note that Uganda Cranes are taking part in their sixth consecutive CHAN tournament, but have never gone out of the groups.
Micho said that his plan was to play all group games as cup finals. “We have come to play three ‘cup finals’, first has passed and we have two more. Now we have to focus on our next game on Wednesday.”
The Cranes face Senegal on Wednesday before Ivory Coast on Sunday in their last Group B game.
Senegal beat Ivory Coast 1-0 later on Saturday night to go top of the Group while Uganda and DR Congo are join second with a point each.