Uganda Cranes interim coaches impressed with performance against Rwanda

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Uganda Cranes technical bench prior to the kick off of the match against Rwanda on Saturday

When Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic officially announced he would quit Uganda Cranes’ job, many not only questioned the choice of immediate successors, but also, doubted their potential.

Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba who had been assistants to the Serbian were tasked by the federation to steer the country ahead, but on interim basis for one month.

Under this one month, the rich menu has 4 crucial international matches.

Two of these are against Rwanda in the 2018 CHAN Qualification and the other two against continental power house Egypt in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

On a positive note, the Uganda Cranes humbled Rwanda 3-0 at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Saturday in the first of the 4 matches.

KCCA FC midfielder Muzamiru Mutyaba notched a brace and Derrick Nsibambi wrapped up business for the CECAFA giants.

Addressing the media after the match, Basena expressed the desire to first bury off the game in Rwanda than celebrate so early;

This is just the first half of the two matches.

The second and most decisive match will be played in Kigali next week. I therefore call upon the players to stay focused because it is work half done.

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Moses Basena smiles after the opening goal against Rwanda on Saturday

The UPDF tactician also warned against the missed chances.

“We could have scored more than the goals we finished with. Well, we created the chances but there is need to be more clinical in front of goal,” he added.

His partner Kajoba, who spared off some time to supervise the warm up of players during play before the substitutions, hailed the players’ character and charisma.

Kajoba who is also head coach at Uganda Premier League side, Bright Stars noted;

We were up to the task. The players knew exactly what they wanted from the word go.

We met each player personally and explained to him the significance of this game to each personally, the team and the entire country. They listened and worked for it

Shafiq Kagimu and Muzamiru Mutyaba celebrate the opening goal against Rwanda Amavubi Stars

Kajoba sings praise of Shafiq Kagimu, two goal hero Mutyaba, goalkeeper Isamel Watenga and the lead striker on the day, Derrick Nsibambi for the exceptional display on the day.

We shall continue to work hard because we still have 3 more games to play this month. Each of the matches means a lot to any of us on the team.

Uganda takes a 3 goal cushion to the second leg that comes on Saturday, August 19 at the Kigali Regional Stadium.

The overall winner on aggregate will book a berth to the final tournament in Kenya, come 2018.