Uganda Cranes begin their quest for a fourth successive appearance at the Africa Nations Championship (Chan) tournament when they take on South Sudan this afternoon.
Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has cautioned his players against complacency that could see them underestimate South Sudan. Micho insists Chan is important for home-based players.
“Many people keep wondering why I’m so determined to ensure that we qualify for the Chan. It is part of the whole process of developing players,” he says.
He also wants to use the tournament to build a winning mentality amongst players before they transit to the senior team.
In their previous three appearances at Chan, the Cranes did not go past the group stages. And Micho has set reaching the knock-out stages as the primary target.
This Chan campaign is an opportunity for some players to revive their careers. Uganda has never won in South Sudan. Their only meeting in Juba, was in 2012 under coach Bobby Williamson; it ended two-all.
AFRICAN NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP
South Sudan v Uganda Cranes