Uganda hope to fly at Chan

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s opponents in Group B, Uganda, have sounded a warning that they want to prove critics wrong at the 2014 African Nations Champions (Chan) tournament that begins on Saturday in South Africa.

Uganda will open their campaign against Burkina Faso on January 12 before taking on the Warriors four days later and face Morocco in the last group game on January 20.  

The Cranes skipper Dennis Iguma, who recovered in time to join the team last month, told that although some people think the team is not good enough, they are determined as a group and know what to expect.

“I believe the squad is good enough to compete and even go up to quarter- or semi-finals if we believe in ourselves,” said the SC Victoria University defender.

He added that the coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has worked hard to get the spirit in the camp high.

“The bondage, love, togetherness and the philosophy of winning is in the team,” he said.

“Football is dynamic and once we work together as a team we shall win games and surprise many.”

Iguma said although he knows many of the players are looking at individual performances to be able to attract big teams to sign them, he has told them to put the country first and therefore play as a team.

Meanwhile, Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic hoped to play more friendly matches before the getting their Chan campaign off the road. 

“We need to get more playing time in the legs of the players before the tournament,” the coach said.

The Cranes beat Mauritania 3-0 in an International friendly last Thursday in Kampala, and the Serb said another build-up would be great for the team.

“These are young players and another friendly would be very good as we head to Cape Town for the Group games,” he said.

“I cannot tell you which team we are planning to face till the negotiations are complete,” he added.

Meanwhile, the team is expected to leave for South Africa tomorrow, according to the Uganda Football Association Chief Executive Officer, Edgar Watson.

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