Barring a major catastrophe, The Cranes look set to qualify for the 2015 Nations Cup qualification group stage after a 2-0 first leg win over Mauritania, writes John Vianney Nsimbe.
At a time he ought to have been basking in the glory, Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevich began his post-match press conference with a dig at those Ugandans who shared information and videos about Uganda with the technical officials of Mauritania.
And then he was quick to express his gratefulness towards local football body Fufa, the fans and the media. Second half goals from Brian Majwega and Geoffrey Massa sent Uganda a step closer to the last qualification phase but given The Cranes dominance, they should have produced a lot more goals.
The culprits include skipper Andy Mwesigwa, winger Moses Oloya, strikers Brian Umony and Emma Okwi. Having said that, Mwesigwa insists the two-goal aantage is enough buffer to qualify for the group stages: “There is no way these guys [Mauritania] can put three unanswered goals past us,” Mwesigwa says.
That said, Micho who praised the collective team effort said that he wants to see his players maintain the level of concentration and approach to the game as they did against Mauritania especially in the second half.
That way, he emphasized, they will be able to pose a lot of problems for Mauritania, especially as they were able to keep Mauritania goalie Brahim Souleimane busy throughout the 90 minutes.
Cranes had a total of 250 complete passes while Mauritania managed only 81, which portrays Uganda’s dominance. It is that kind of play Micho will be hoping to carry on as a water-shed moment from the recent poor showings.
Holding midfielder Geoffrey Kizito was arguably Cranes most dominant player, as he dictatied play and set the tempo of Uganda’s attacks. His interceptions were timely as were his passes.
Meanwhile, youthful Farouq Miya, who was making his debut in midfield, gave a good account of himself in possession despite a few slips and being short on creative passes. The two teams meet in a fortnight’s time but it is hard to envisage a spectacular comeback for the Mauritanians given that Uganda didn’t even need to engage a second gear to take maximum points without conceding.
Source : The Observer