Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic has said they are targeting nothing less than a good start in the 2019 Africa Nations Championship CHAN qualifier against South Sudan on Friday.
The Cranes team at the Entebbe International Airport on Thursday morning.
Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho' Sredojevic has said they are targeting nothing less than a good start in the 2019 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against South Sudan on Friday.
“We need to be very cautious and go for early goals because the South Sudan team has improved over the last two years and even eliminated Somalia in the preliminary round of the qualifiers,” Sredojevic told URN before the team left on a Rwanda Airlines flight.
Skipper Geoffrey Sserunkuma said he is delighted to be the captain of the team and hopes that he can score for the team. The KCCA FC striker netted 21- goals in the Azam Uganda Premier League and also netted the lone goal in Uganda's 1-0 away win in Comoros in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier last month. Besides Sserunkuma, the other senior players on the team include Brian Majwega, Savio Kabugo and defender Nicholas Wadada.
In-case Uganda eject South Sudan, they will face the winner between Tanzania and Rwanda in the final hurdle of the qualifiers. The other nations in the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) who will battle in the qualifiers are Djibouti, Ethiopia and Burundi who earned a walk over after FIFA suspended Sudan last week.
Uganda has qualified for the last three CHAN competitions in Rwanda (2016), South Africa (2014) and Sudan (2011). The senior team also played at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Gabon after 39 years of waiting.
The CHAN competition is played among local based players who feature in their respective League at home. The 2018 event will take place in Kenya where the Democratic Republic of Congo will try to defend their trophy.