Kampala- That Uganda scored one goal in three matches at the 2011 Chan tournament is a fact not lost on Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic. The cranes lost 2-0, 1-0 and 2-1 to Algeria, Sudan and Gabon respectively with midfielder Sadam Juma scoring the consolation against Gabon.
This time round, the Serbian coach is putting emphasis on the team’s attack and spent the better part of yesterday’s double training sessions focusing on the final third of the pitch with all outfield players taking part in goals scoring drills.
The Cranes attacking players struggled to create goal scoring opportunities in open play despite the 3-0 win against Mauritania last week.
Both Joseph Mpande and Saidi Kyeyune the team’s offensive midfielders were largely anonymous before being substituted in the second half with Vincent Kayizzi only fairing slightly better.
Another winger, Brian Majwega scored once and was instrumental in the other two goals but both came courtesy of set pieces.
The positive news for Micho though was the fact striker Francis Olaki a second half substitute in that game managed to get onto the score sheet and the striker is confident the goals will keep flowing while in South Africa.
“Strikers are always under scrutiny but I feel no added pressure going into the tournament. The key is to always believe in your ability,” the striker said.
The striker was in good goal scoring form in the domestic league netting eight times in 15 games before a thigh injury disrupted his season.
The team is expected to fly out on Thursday for the tournament that starts on Saturday with the Cranes playing 24 hours later against West African side Burkina Faso.
Cranes will be based in the coastal city of Cape Town, largely acknowledged as the most beautiful place on the African continent. Micho in every likelihood will be hoping that Uganda Cranes enjoy a beautiful campaign in South Africa.