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We have to qualify for CHAN no matter what – Micho affirms

Uganda Cranes Serbian coach Milutin Sredojevic aka Micho has come out to state how the Cranes have to qualify for the 2023 CHAN tournament in Algeria against all odds.

This is after the Cranes landed Tanzania on the road to qualification. The Taifa stars will host the Cranes at the Benjamin Mkapa stadium on the 28th of August 2022.

A few days later on September 3rd, the Cranes will host Tanzania for a return leg at the St Mary’s stadium in Kitende.

Micho while speaking to FUFA media said that as much as he respects Tanzania, he believes that his squad is strong to cause an impact.

“About the competitive assignment that is ahead of us and with due respect to them (Tanzania), Uganda qualifying for CHAN is a ‘must’,” Micho told FUFA media.

“I strongly believe in this group of players that they will do what is required of them so that we can qualify.”

The Cranes will play against Ethiopia and Zanzibar in preparations gearing up for this game.

Micho believes that these tests will put up a great challenge for the Cranes to adequately prepare for Tanzania.

“Ethiopia is a good team and 95% of their national team players feature in their local league.”

“They beat Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and that speaks volumes.”

“Unfortunately, we could not secure the friendly game against Malawi and thus, we opted for Zanzibar,” he noted.

The Ugandan team has graced all the previous 4 tournaments beginning in
2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020.

They are however yet to make it past the group stages and will be hoping to do better this time round.

Provisional Squad
Goalkeepers: Nafian Alionzi (URA FC), Richard Anyama (Arua Hill SC), Emmanuel Kalyowa (BUL FC), Denis Otim (Express FC), Mathias Muwanga (Onduparaka FC)
Defenders: Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Livingstone Mulondo (Vipers SC), Najib Fesali (URA FC), Joseph Bright Vuni (Arua Hill SC), Kenneth Ssemakula (SC Villa), John Revita (KCCA FC), Walter Ochora (BUL FC), Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa), James Begisa (URA FC), Hillary Onek (BUL FC), Brian Mato (Proline FC), Ibrahim Juma (KCCA FC), Derrick Ndahiro (URA FC), Disan Galiwango (Vipers SC), George Kaddu (Wakiso Giants FC)
Midfielders: Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers SC), Marvin Youngman (Vipers SC), Siraje Ssentamu (Vipers SC), George Kasonko (BUL FC), Titus Ssematimba(Wakiso Giants FC), Saidi Kyeyune (URA FC), Simon Peter Oketch (BUL FC), Moses Waiswa (KCCA FC)
Forwards: Milton Karisa (Vipers SC), Abdu Lumala (Vipers SC), Travis Mutyaba (SC Villa), Rogers Mato (KCCA FC), Moses Aliro (Wakiso Giants FC), Najib Yiga (Vipers SC), Martin Kizza (Express FC), Rashid Kawawa (Arua Hill SC), Muhammad Shaban(Onduparaka FC), Yunus Ssentamu (Vipers SC), Richard Basangwa (Gaddafi FC), Oscar Mawa (SC Villa)

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