Uganda Cranes Head coach Milutin Sredojevic Micho has admitted that the game against neighbors was not easy one for his side.
This he said after the Cranes picked a 1-0 victory against the Amavubi Stars away from home in a 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier game held on Thursday.
Striker Fahad Bayo scored the all important goal in the game to hand Micho his first competitive win since his return to the National team as head coach.
In a game that saw the home side dorminate play, Micho was quick to admit the game wasn’t a walk in the park.
“It has not been easy. We came at the start of the game we had certain problems in he wide areas the partnership of Haruna Niyonzima and Emmanuel Imanishimiwe caused us a lot of problems. However we scored the goal in the right moment, Micho stated.
Uganda had not done a lot in the half when Bayo scored in the 41st minute, and looked shaky throughout but held on to grab away maximum points. After the difficulties in the first half, Micho described how his side held onto to take all the three points on the day.
“In the second half we locked the wide areas, limited the crosses, then pushed the opponent to play the long balls and when you play long balls against us it’s not easy. We put the ball on the ground but I deeply regret the chances missed by Steven Mukwala, it could have been much better for us.”
Micho, who is making a return to the National team as head coach is in a rebuilding process with almost a new look in the team with both young and experienced. This being his first competitive win since his return, the Serbian seemed not moved with the victory and admitted that they are still far from where they supposed to be.
“When you are winning you should not fly high, we are still very far from where we are supposed to be. But what is important is that we have kept a clean sheet, broke the jinks of scoring and have got the three points away from home.”
The return leg will be held on Sunday at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende. With just a few days to the clash, despite winning the first leg, Micho anticipates a tricky encounter when they host Rwanda for the Second leg.
“I need to tell you that football is very tricky and unpredictable. I don’t think of under rating the very good team of Rwanda coming to play at home in Kitende. Only that I hope it will be in our favour, however you have to keep an eye on good players like Meddie Kagere and others.”
Following the victory, Uganda, yet to concede a goal so far, move to five points in Group E, two points behind leaders Mali who thrashed Kenya 5-0 on Thursday to go top of the group. For Rwanda, they sit rock bottom with just a single point.
With the days fast approaching to second leg against Rwanda, Micho will be delighted for collecting maximum points away from home in Kigali.