Africa Soccer This Victory Means A Lot To Cranes- Sredojevic

Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic believes his team took a risk by going out against Tanzania with a young group and came away with a 1-0 win, keeping them in contention for a spot in the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations in 2023.

Two substitutes collaborated for Uganda’s winning goal in the 91st minute, Faruk Miya setting up Rodgers Mato to score and secure the Cranes three valuable points on enemy territory.

“This victory means a lot to the Uganda Cranes.

“This is a team in transition because we have had so many players retiring.

“We started this game with five players who played the final of the Under-20 AFCON in Mauritania in 2021 and a few senior players.

We came here to risk and we played against a very experienced team,” the Serbian tactician said.

We risked and in the end, we got something,” added the coach.

He observed that Uganda had won by the same margin in the first leg last week, and that Tanzania’s Simba had just completed a home and away sweep of Ugandan champions Vipers SC in the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League.

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The strategy now hopes that their’spiritual home field,’ Kampala’s Namboole Stadium, will be completed in time for a critical match against group leaders Algeria in June.

“It is a different feeling when you play at home compared to a neutral ground.

We have six points to fight for and we will give everything to try and qualify,” the tactician stated.

Uganda now has four points in Group F, the same as Tanzania, while Niger has two points.

Mato delivered a sucker punch to the Tanzanians, who were aiming for a draw, sprinting on to Miya’s wonderful through pass before putting it past keeper Aishi Manula.

Uganda were ecstatic to get the longer end of the stick in a difficult encounter with little chances. Aside from the goal, the closest they came to hitting the target was a Joseph Ochaya header that rebounded off Himid Mao.

Tanzania had few chances, with Simon Msuva having a first-half shot saved by the keeper and skipper Mbwana Samatta having a volley from inside the box blocked by a forest of legs.


Henry Usiayo is a practicing journalists with several years of experience covering sport events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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