Uganda Cranes’ head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has described the Africa Cup of Nations as a platform and opportunity to learn new developments.
The reigning CAF National Team of the Year lost 1-0 to Ghana and Egypt before drawing 1-1 with Mali in the final Group D match.
Micho told the media at the official press conference after the game in Gabon that he has learnt a lot which is good enough to prepare for the future;
We had 3 matches after 39 years and it has been the toughest group. Mali has played in the last 3 editions.
3rd in the world in U-20, Mali is a great team.
We gave everything. We have done an amazing job after 39 years. Scored a goal after 39 years and got first point after 39 years.
We can now play with any team in the highest level. Ugandan football has very bright future. Out of 23 players, 5 or 6 may not make it but the back-bone is there.
Lauded FUFA, Sponsors, Players and Fans:
In a special way, Micho singled out the federation (FUFA) for the preparations, sponsors, the players for the effort on the field of play and the people of Uganda who pushed on the team in Gabon.
I count my self extremely proud. The landing was not soft because we didn’t have experience. I thank FUFA and the great people of Uganda.
This group was by far the most competitive. We are 13th in Africa.
240 minutes of football that we have played against Ghana, Mali, Egypt has shown we can play with any team.
Attention to Details:
Micho and his charges will now pay keen interest to the determinant factors in a football match especially at a tournament of AFCON’s stature. He described the water logged playing ground at Stade D’Oyem as ‘Marco Polo’.
This level of competition demands total focus on details. We have been mentally strong and physically fit.
We have technically and tactically shown that we can play against any team. With support of our supporters, this has been a perfect preparation for WC and Cameroon 2019 qualification
Only one detail decides a match at AFCON.
We are in the process of building one of the best teams in the continent.
The team returned to Entebbe on Friday morning.