African Nations Championship…  We succeeded with our game plan – Uganda coach after defeating Senegal

Coach MilutinSre­dojevic, who mas­terminded Uganda’s win over Senegal on Wednesday at the 2022 TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN), believes his side succeed­ed in their game plan.

The Cranes stunned the fa­vourites after winning 1-0 in their second Group B fixture in Annaba on to go top in the standings.

Senegal were touted as the favourites ahead of the match but Uganda’s spirited performance ensured them the victory at the 19 May 1956 Stadium.

The Serbian coach says Ugan­da’s win over the Teranga Lions was a key part of the well-re­hearsed the strategy that was deployed.

“I believe that we succeeded in our plans,” Milutin Sredojevic said.

“We are not over the moon. It is for our players and people back at home to celebrate because Ugan­da doesn’t beat Senegal every day.

“However, we focus our atten­tion on the next game against Cote d’Ivoire. I have deleted this match from my mind.

The Serbian born tactician then

 highlighted some key areas where his side made the difference against Senegal.

“We focused ourselves on four aspects around the strength and weaknesses of the opponents. Ev­erything we theoretically planned went through. It was like a Holly­wood movie.

“At half time, we had to read­just. I give credit to the players. They put up a fight and forced Senegal to play long balls which is one of the many things we wanted.

The last time Uganda won a game at the CHAN was nine years back, a 2-1 win over Burkina Faso, and the coach was keen to recall the history.

“I need to remind everyone that since 2014 this is our first win. It is the first win in years. The other happened in 2014 when I was coach. I have given seven years of my life to Uganda football and feel very proud tonight,” said Micho.

“We shall now refocus on the good things in the first two match­es and try to be a better version of Uganda Cranes in the next match against Cote d’Ivoire.”

That decider against the Ele­phants of Cote d’Ivoire, will be played on Sunday January 22, at the Nelson Mandela Stadium, as from 2000 GMT. —cafonline

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