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Uganda Cranes: Micho reminisces Historical Qualification

Fans flooded the field of play in celebration after Uganda beat Comoros at Namboole in 2016

Today (September 4, 2020) marks exactly three years since Uganda Cranes ended the Africa Cup of Nations Jinx.

In 2016, Farouk Miya scored the only goal as Uganda beat Comoros to book a priceless ticket to Gabon.

Former Uganda coach Sredejovich ‘Micho’ Milutin has looked back on the day with pride.

“Once upon a time it was one special occasion written with Golden letters in history of Ugandan football on that magic evening 4th September 2016 where 39 years old dream of millions became reality.

Micho tweeted

“Extremely privileged to be privileged insider of that fairytale story.

“Honored, pleased and privileged to have worked with great human and top class professional like. Keep up with fantastic work you are doing and generate positive energy and spirit around.”

Uganda finished second in the group with 13 points behind Burkina Faso, and qualified as one of the two best runners-up.

Micho with the Uganda Cranes. ESPN photo

Despite failing to make a mark in the 2017 AFCON – finishing bottom of group D behind Egypt, Ghana and Mali – The achievement set a platform for another return at the stage in 2019.

Micho started Uganda’s 2019 AFCON Qualification campaign when he guided the team to a crucial 1-0 away victory at Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde, Praia in Cape Verde on June 11, 2017.

A month later, on July 29 2017, at Kabira Country club, Micho announced his resignation from Uganda Cranes coach due to unpaid wages.

He has since referred to Uganda as his “first love” and confessed that he has maintained a strong relationship with FUFA.

Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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