Following the devastating 2-1 loss that saw the Ugandan National team, the Cranes quash the Zebras dreams of qualifying for the 2017 African Cup Of Nations (AFCON) at Francistown Sports Complex over the weekend, Uganda coach Milutin “Micho” Srejovic said his emerged victors because they capitalised on the Zebras slow defence.
For the first time in history, the Zebras lost a game at the new Francistown Sports Complex which has come to be known as the ‘home’ for the national team.
Speaking to the media after the game, the coach who seemed to have gathered intelligence about the Zebras, emphasised that although the Zebras is a good team, it has a very slow defence which they took advantage of.
“I have been studying the play of the Zebras for some time – they are a good team and I have respect for their coach who is also my colleague Peter Butler. I spent sleepless nights preparing for this game and I have since realised that the team has a very slow defence which we capitalised on. We just did everything and scored the way we had anticipated. We did everything that we should have done by killing the confidence of the team by scoring the first and the second goal,” said the clearly confident Srejovic.
Micho as he is commonly known, said that he respects the Zebras more so that it has many left footed players. He further said that left footed players are the darlings of football the world over.
“I have studied your team. You have five to six left footed players and such players are the darlings of football,” he said.
Micho vowed to take his team to AFCON and put Uganda on the map.
In the first half of the game, the Zebras were struggling to control balls compared to their opponents who had dominance over the game. The match began at a very slow pace but the Cranes much possession in the first half. The Zebra’s defence was also porous with the cranes making use of every opportunity to try and score.
Within a meager five minutes into the game, the Crane’s player, Kizito Lugwaga scored easily after receiving a pass from his teammate, Faruku Miya. After half an hour, the coach Peter Butler was compelled to resuscitate the middle field which was performing badly by replacing Ofentse “Size 10” Nato with Lesego Galenamotlhale.
However in the second half, just after 11 minutes the Zebras managed to come back to life as they also scored an equalising goal to the cranes which seemed to bring hope to the team. The goal was scored by Onkabetse Mankgantai who had been roped in by Butler to replace Kabelo Seakganyeng. Disappointingly, the Zebras defence was once again leaky with their opponents from the East African country increasing attacks. Barely a few minutes after the equalizer, the Cranes were not shaken as Khalid Awucho silenced the Zebras fans by scoring a second goal.
The Zebras are currently in third position with six points whilst Uganda is on top with 10 points. Efforts to interview, the Zebras coach Butler after the game were futile as he was not available for comment.