Despite another early exit from the CHAN 2016, Uganda Cranes Coach Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is satisfied with his charges’ performance.
The Cranes bundled out following a 1-1 draw with Zimbabwe in a game they had to win although it wasn’t entirely in own hands as Zambia had to beat Mali – a feat never achieved either.
“I’m very satisfied with the performance of the team,” he told the post-match press briefing. “I want to give credit to the players for the belief till the last moment. It was very important to get that goal and finish the tournament on a note that is respectful” he added.
On the match against Zimbabwe who went into the game already out after two losses in as many games, Micho said it was a tough game against a relaxed side with no ambition.
The match was very tough against a team that was relaxed and has no ambition but wanted to exit on a high note. We came into the game with an intention to stop the Zimbabwe source of danger – that is on the flanks, and we neutralized that quite.
The ex-SC Villa, Rwanda and Orlando Pirates tactician said his side created more opportunities and was dominant in the game which finally paid off with a late strike from veteran Geoffrey Sserunkuma.
At such a level of competition you cannot create more than five chances, but we can count five chances that we created throughout. We went all out in attack and we dominated. We changed to the flanks and it paid off.
Meanwhile, despite finishing third in the group, Uganda’s performance dropped as compared to the 2014 edition where they garnered four points.
Micho picks out the 1-0 loss to Zambia is the game that dealt a great blow to Uganda’s chances of progression.
We can now say that one goal against Zambia decided our fate.