African Nations Championship Qualifiers 2022
Uganda vs Tanzania
Saturday, 3rd September 2022
St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende
Kickoff: 4 PM
Uganda’s quest to play at the upcoming African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament in Algeria next year was eased when Uganda Cranes, the senior national football team, defeated their opponent, Tanzania, in the first leg 1-0 in Dar es Salaam. This means that a draw of any kind is enough to see Uganda qualify.
Addressing the media today at Fufa House in Mengo, Kampala, Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic said they have worked very hard and prepared the players well for the encounter.
But even with these preparations, Micho is not taking any chances against Tanzania’s Taifa Stars, a team he described as a spirited opponent. “We want to take care of every single detail that they will bring,” he said ahead of the game on Saturday at St Marys Stadium Kitende.
“I would like to invite you all to Kitende to help these young boys to become men. Knowing that together with the support of our player number 12, we shall get the desired result,” he added in an open invitation to Uganda Cranes fans.
Alongside the coach at the press conference was Uganda Cranes CHAN Team captain Milton Kalisa who said: “We are well prepared in advance for the task ahead of us. And are ready to attain the result expected of us tomorrow.”
During preparations, on August 31, 2022, Micho warned his players against complacency. “Football is a game where anything can happen. We won the first game but they (Tanzania) can also come here and win. That is what the players must know and put full focus on Saturday’s game,” he said.
Micho also indicates Tanzania come in a different form, having a new coach and definitely a change in approach. “The coming of Honour Janza as a new coach means a change in so many things. He is a coach highly respected and I know he will come to try and upset so we must be ready for such moments.” Micho added.
Travis Mutyaba came off the bench and scored the sole goal at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on Sunday to give Uganda the advantage. The decisive moment came in the 87th minute when the diminutive left-footed forward won possession from defender Mohammed Hussein at the right wing, dribbled past another defender before firing the ball into the back of the net.