Football fans Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Uganda Cranes head coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE
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Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic has heaped praise on the multitudes of fans who thronged the Buhinga stadium in Fort Portal to attend the national team’s match against Kitara Region select team on Sunday evening.

Close to 20,000 people healthily fought for space as they craved to watch the match played on a dampened all green surface after the earlier rains in the day.

In an exclusive interview with Kawowo Sports, Micho saluted the fans who sacrificed their precious time to attend to the game.

I want to thank the spirit of the fans who attended the match in Fort Portal.

This was amazing. I say thanks to the players as well, FUFA Management, opponents’ team, sponsors and the media. This was typical football passion.

[/media-credit] Fans healthily fought for space to catch the national team in action at the Buhinga stadium Credit: FUFA Media

The national team won 3-1 on the day after a comprehensive first half performance that witnessed SC Villa forward Emmanuel Okwi grab a brace as well as Proline strike Nelson Senkatuka finding the target.

Second half substitute Beckam Musoki pulled one for the home team after he connected a re-bound when his first attempt from a penalty kick kissed the cross bar.

Sadly during the game, defender Halid Lwaliwa badly injured his right knee and will be out for months

The team returned safely in  Kampala after spending a night at the lavish Kalya Apartments on the outskirts of the tranquil and leafy Fort Portal town.

Micho has now set the focus on the residential camp that kicks off Tuesday morning at Sky Hotel in Naalya, Kampala.

Robert Kakeeto (left) vies for the ball with Kitara region’s Maxwell Owarinzingui. Kakeeto is based in Denmark with Aalborg, He is among the players who impressed on the day Credit: © Kawowo Sports / JOHN BATANUDDE

He expects at least 13 of the players who traveled to Fort Portal to attend the training joined by the players who ply their trade outside Uganda.

The team that will start training on Tuesday is purely on merit. It is not built on sentiments of the past nor sympathies of the present.

We expect to have a double session until when we leave.

The team will engage in a double session until Thursday evening before departing later in the night via Ethiopian Airlines on flight ET 333 to Addis Ababa where they will play an international friendly match against Ethiopia on Saturday, 3rd June in Hawassa city.

[/media-credit] Some fans even climbed trees to get a clearer view of the match proceedings Credit: FUFA Media

After the Ethiopia friendly match, the team will proceed to Senegal for another build up in Dakar on 6th June before the Group L qualifier against Cape Verde on 10th June 2017 in Praia city.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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