Micho Sredojević replaced Bobby Williamson as Cranes’ coach in May 2013 as the latter joined Kenyan giants Gor Mahia for a season and half before getting the Harambee Stars job in 2014.

And for the first time since those appointments, the two tacticians had never met in any competition until Sunday at the 38th edition of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Ethiopia.

And the man who won four CECAFA tittles with Uganda between 2008 and 2012 came out on top 2-0 with goals from Jacob Keli and Michael Olunga.

The post-match interviews given by the Serbian and Scottish manager were from two different scripts.

Micho told tournament broadcasters Supersport;

After achieving all our targets in the recent World Cup qualifiers and making it to the finals of the CHAN (Africa Championship of Nations) we came to this championship with an 80 percent U23 side as a chance of exposing our young talent but also prepare the side for CHAN finals next year in Rwanda. I think we did well against a side that brought their World Cup squad

Kenya’s coach, Bobby Williamson dismissed Micho’s defense for the loss saying;

I think it’s disrespectful to the fans to paid money to the stadium and those watching from back home for him to say he brought his U-23 side. This is the best tournament in this region and we are required to bring our best players, what we have here is what Kenya can offer.

While coaching Uganda, Bobby defeated Kenya twice in the CECAFA final in 2008 and 20012 out of the four titles Bobby won with Uganda, he also defeated Micho’s Rwanda in 2011 to win his third.

An Allan Wanga brace against Sudan in 2013 earned Kenya their sixth title and first since 2002, in a championship Micho and Uganda were stopped by Tanzania at the quarterfinal stage

Uganda’s next game is on Tuesday against Zanzibar who lost to Burundi 1-0. Burundi is Kenya’s next opponent on Wednesday.

Senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering volleyball, football and badminton

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