Milutin Sredojevic says he takes "complete responsibility" for Uganda
Crane’s failure to retain the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup
trophy, but is confident his team can turn around their fortunes over.
The Cranes, who have won the regional trophy a record 13 times, were last Saturday knocked out at the quarterfinal stage on this year’s edition by Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Stars 3-2 on penalties after the two teams had tied 2-2.
"I take complete responsibility for the results, fortunately they’ve been good in the CECAFA tourney but not in this time around so I take responsibility for them as well and I would like them to be much better, and I’ve got no doubt they will," said Micho.
GOtv Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup
defending champions, Uganda Cranes, were sent packing after being ejected by 10-man Tanzania 3-2 in post match penalties in Mombasa on Saturday. Normal time had ended 2-2
Mrisho Ngasa grabbed a brace for Tanzania while Daniel Sserunkuma and Martin Mpuuga, netting his first for Uganda, scored for Cranes in normal time.
But the 90 minutes having failed to produce a winner, Somali referee Wish Yabarow whistled for full time, which also signaled a moment of jittery as a lottery of penalties was now confirmed.
Defending champions Uganda Cranes
were forced to spend long hours at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) before flying out to Mombasa on Friday.
Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic was furious with the plan for their trip to the Coastal city for the quarterfinals of this year's GOtv Cecafa Cup
“I have witnessed Cecafa grow over the years and its success but what is happening to my team is a shame.”
“We spent hours before being cleared at the hotel and have now been forced to be stranded at the airport after issuance of lesser tickets to the team. This is unacceptable and the treatment is poor and gives us a huge disadvantage,” he told supersport.com.
Martin Mpuga and Salah Ibrahim
Khalid Aucho scored his first goal for the senior Cranes as Uganda edged Sudan 1-0 at Nyayo Stadium on Wednesday to end the GOtv CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup
Group C action on top.
The Cranes lead with nine points from three games having scored five goals and conceded none while Sudan are second with six.
Uganda will now face Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Stars, who finished second in Group B, in the quarterfinals this weekend in Mombasa while Sudan will face Ethiopia.
This after Ethiopia finished second in Group A after losing the toss of a coin to hosts Kenya. The two had ended their games level on seven points.
Emmanuel Okwi and Yonatan Selemon
Uganda and Sudan became the first teams to book their places in the Cecafa Challenge Cup
quarterfinals after both sides won their second Group C matches on Monday.
Uganda, the defending champions, started their match against an under-strength Eritrea with skipper Emmanuel Okwi back after he missed the opening game against Rwanda with a bout of malaria.
They were off to a flying start in the match played on an artificial surface in Nairobi as Okwi combined well with the Kenyan-based forward Dan Sserenkuma to put the champions ahead in the 10th minute.
Joseph Mpande and Emery Bayisenge
Uganda Cranes striker Danny Sserunkuma announced his return to the international scene with a goal as Uganda downed Rwanda 1-0 in the two teams’ Cecafa Senior Challenge
opener on Friday at Nyayo National Stadium.
The match had a dull start but grew livelier as it progressed with the first real chance being created in the 19th minute by Uganda. Right back Nicholas Wadada raced well on the flank to cut in and cross for Geoffrey Kizito but the midfielder blasted high and wide.
The match was not free of controversy as in the 36th minute Wadada appeared to have fouled Jean Claude Iranzi in the box but the referee awarded a foul to the Ugandans much to Rwanda’s protestations.
have drafted Kenya Premier League stars Dan Sserunkuma and Khalid Awucho in their 20-man 2013 GOtv Cecafa Cup
The 2013 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup will be held in Kenya from November 27 to December 12.
Uganda Cranes Coach Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic added Khalid, Dan and Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza who turn out for Tusker FC, Gor Mahia FC and Yanga SC respectively to cover loopholes in the majorly local based squads for the tourney in preparation for the 2014 Chan finals in South Africa.
Also called up is Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito whose last competitive game came against Senegal in September. He is currently a free agent after his professional stint in Vietnam came to an end.
Sonny Karlson and Sula Matovu
Hacken has signed tricky Ugandan midfielder Sula Matovu from Iraqi side Erbil Sports Club.
The 21-year-old winger has joined the Swedish top-division side on a one-year contract with an option for three more years.
Matovu arrived in Goteborg in late October to test train with BK Hacken.
Since then he has impressed the team management and signed with the Allsvenskan club to retain his services on Tuesday.
Matovu, who can play in several offensive positions, has played 15 international matches for Uganda
and Iraq's Erbil SC as his last club.
Cranes midfield ace Tonny Mawejje is set to join Norwegian football club FK Haugesund, if the top Division club deems him fit enough and valuable to the club setting.
The 26 year old player who has been featuring for Iceland side, IBV was invited to conduct training sessions at FK Haugesund. According to the club website, Mawejje's move was initiated by his agent, a close associate of FK Haugesund.
"If all goes well and he impresses the technical staff here, we shall sign him in preparation for the upcoming season ", a club statement says.
Mawejje has since 2009 played for the Icelandic top league team IBV, where he has played more than 100 matches. At IBV, Mawejje has been playing with fellow Ugandan Midfielder, Azizi Kemba,(Currently training with Bul-Bidco as the season in Iceland came to an end.
Kagere, Mawejje, Mugiraneza
There was nothing to separate Uganda
as the two played out a goalless stalemate in an international friendly
on Saturday at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
The two were using the tie as preparation for the upcoming Cecafa in Nairobi, and while the visitors will have been okay with the draw, the hosts will have been left with several unanswered questions.
Uganda bossed better parts of first half where Emmanuel Okwi, skipper of the day, should have scored when Vincent Kayizzi crossed low for him.
It also took good defending from Emery Bayisenge, Niriakire Solomon and Batiste Mugiraneza, plus goalkeeper Jean-Luc Ndayishimye to keep winger Brian Majwega and Oscar Agaba, who anchored the midfield, out as Uganda laid siege on the visitors defence heading into half time.