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“Mubiru had changed our game, he had given us the right picture although we had not started getting the results our playing style was adored all over. I was not happy when they completely eliminated coach Mubiru at least they would have retained him as the assistant coach if they are to rebuild the team,” Ssimbwa said.
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Several Football experts have advised the Uganda Cranes management to stick to rebuilding the team with young players if they are to restore the glory of the National team. This follows Uganda Cranes goalless draw with Mali in their second 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifying game held at St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende on Monday. 

This was the second competitive game for the Uganda Cranes since FUFA returned Milutin “Micho” Sredojević as head tactician. Although Uganda was playing against a well-composed attacking side in Mali, this was the second goalless draw in the same qualifiers. Uganda Cranes posted the same result against neighbours Kenya in the openers.  

In both games, Micho’s team played a defensive game to avoid conceding any goal. However, this has raised concerns about the future of the Cranes that made a come back qualifying for the continental Football championship (AFCON) in 2017 and 2019. 

 

Although FUFA President, Moses Magogo has been boldly speaking about rebuilding the National team based on young talents specifically on the U-20 team that played up to the finals of the U-20 African Cup of Nations, the arrival of Micho saw things turn around from what the interim coach, Abdallah Mubiru had started off with.     

Mubiru had embraced new players like Ibrahim Oriti, Mustafa Kizza, Allan Okello, Shafik Kagimu among others. However, the Serbian tactician opted for more experienced players over the youngsters.  This saw players such as Isaac Muleme, Denis Iguma and Khalid Aucho bounce back to the national team after spending some time off.   

 

Abdul Lumala’s fallout with the current technical bench during preparations for the World Cup qualifiers didn’t help the matter. ‘’It was a pleasure sharing a dressing room with you, I am no longer proud nor interested to represent Uganda,” Lumala said after being dropped from the team. Lumala who plays for Egyptian Club Pyramids FC is remembered for his good display in the 2019 Afcon finals. It is clear whether or not the player will ever feature the National team     

Sam Ssimbwa, the former head coach of URA FC, says that if the national team is to undergo rebuilding, the technical team should stick to young players if they are to execute their mission well.   

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Ssimbwa believes Abdallah Mubiru had started off well as interim coach, adding that FUFA would have retained him at least as an assistant coach. 

“Mubiru had changed our game, he had given us the right picture although we had not started getting the results our playing style was adored all over. I was not happy when they completely eliminated coach Mubiru at least they would have retained him as the assistant coach if they are to rebuild the team,” Ssimbwa said.

The former National football team captain, Andy Lule, says that Micho’s approach might be based on his style of play. He, however, says that Uganda’s objective should not be qualifying for the 2022 World Cup but to groom young players who hold the future of Ugandan football.       

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Jackson Mayanja, the former Uganda Cranes player, says that Micho’s main target is to win games, this informs his decision making.  

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As it stands now, Uganda has gone over seven competitive games without a single victory. First, it was a poor campaign in CHAN where Uganda finished at the bottom of the group.

During this, the team picked up one draw (Rwanda 0-0) and two losses against Togo 2-1, and Morocco 5-2. Thereafter Uganda played two AFCON qualifying games, which ended in a draw and a loss against Burkina Faso and Malawi respectively. 

Uganda’s next fixture will be a double header against Rwanda next month.    

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