Judging by the national team coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic’s mood, Uganda Cranes are upbeat ahead of their historic appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations in Libreville, Gabon next year.
Uganda Cranes re-wrote history two months ago when Farouk Miya struck in the 35th minute against Comoros to end the Cranes’ long wait for AFCON qualification.
While addressing the media at the FUFA weekly press conference in Mengo, Micho said
We are capable. I’m confidently telling you that we are capable of getting results at the Africa Cup of Nation.
We are mentally strong and prepared, and I believe that we are absolutely ready, I believe that we are capable of achieving and I’m personally waiting for action ahead of us.
While Micho professed the team’s confidence, he urged the government and the federation to do their part insisting that this will only be possible if the Cranes receive the logistic aid as early as possible.
“We have qualified. We have given back to Uganda. We have given you a pass.
“Now our request is Uganda provides us with proper logistics so that we are there not passing time, but as pure competitors because we have drove [SIC] our team to that level…
This is something I expect Uganda to do in respect to millions of Uganda who have waited for this for 39 years.
We have hope, but we need to know what we really want.
Uganda was placed in group D alongside three African giants including four time winners Ghana, 2010 and record champions Egypt and 1972 runners-up Mali.
Micho is aware of the quality and experience the above sides possess, but refuses to ‘over respect’ them.
“I respect Ghana, I respect Egypt, and I respect Mali.
“I have spoken enough about Ghana that since 2008 they have always been in top four of African football.
“Last time finalist and losing on penalties. Egypt, seven times winning AFCON. They want to go now to the world cup.
“Want to win the Africa Cup of Nations because three times they have not been there. They are very hungry, have an unbelievable machine.
“Mali, qualified for the last three, two times third. Respect to them but not over respect. We are capable of going for them all.”
Uganda will face familiar opponents, Ghana on Tuesday 17th January in their opener.