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Uganda Cranes: Micho Puts Emphasis On Lifting Fitness Levels

New Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin Micho Sredejovic has expressed the need to uplift the fitness levels of his players after the team’s first training session.

Micho held the first session as Uganda Cranes coach on Monday morning at Kabira Country.

The Cranes kick started their preparations for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers that are slated to take place at the start of next month, with mostly locally based players attending the session.

Uganda is in Group E of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers alongside Kenya, Rwanda and Mali.

Since his return as the head coach, this was Micho’s first training session with the senior team players and the Serbian could not hide his excitement.

“Coming back to work with Ugandan players for me it’s like fish going back into the water,” Micho stated.

He would also express his delight and praise for working with a group of talented Ugandan players.

Fitness coach Franck Plaine taking the team through their paces. FUFA photos

When asked about the first training experience, he had this to say: “In that regard from the first training except looking towards fitness, technically and tactically aspects of the game, one of the most important aspects is mental aspect of keeping focus and concentration in what ever we do because it’s the one that is deciding.”

The Serbian Wolf would also add on that it’s unfair to give his assessment about the first training given the fact that players have been out of action for a long period.

In a team dominated by locally based players, It can be understood that player’s fitness are low as they have been out of action for long. This comes as result of the two months lockdown that halted sporting activities in the whole country.

With the World Cup Qualifiers knocking on the door, Micho says they need to put more concern on how to uplift the fitness levels with a short period of time.

“Our job now is to equalise their fitness levels, technically and tactically levels and see that we get the best version of each individual, to get the best out of the team within a short period of time until we enter in friendly game and competitive matches as well.”

After a one week’s training, the Uganda Cranes will depart to the middle East in Jordan on Saturday where they will have two international friendlies against Syria National team between 23rd and 26th this month before finishing up with Ethiopia on 27th.

The friendly games will as well be used to assess the fitness levels of players and fine tune them ahead of the competitive games earlier next month.

Uganda is set to kick off its FIFA world Cup Qualifiers games against neighbors Kenya on September 1st, before facing Mali at home on 5th, 2021.


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