It is not coach Micho Sredojevic’s character to sound bullish ahead of competitive games for the Uganda Cranes.
But with tomorrow’s opponents Madagascar, ranked 103 places behind Uganda, the Serbian tactician was in upbeat mood before the team departed for its opening fixture in the 2015 Afcon qualifying campaign.
“I cannot go for a defensive approach,” said Micho before the team flew out via Nairobi in the wee hours of Friday morning.
“With the kind of players I have selected, we have to attack. There is no other option. Because I will not get the best out of their abilities if we do else apart from attacking.”
The Serbian tactician also reiterated that the available players were good enough to fill the void left by three of the five players he had earlier described as the backbone of the Cranes set-up.
Striker Geoffrey Massa, midfielder Tony Mawejje as well as goalkeeper Dennis Onyango will all miss the first leg but are expected to be available for the second leg in a fortnight.
“We have analysed all the players in depth and I am confident they will all perform,” said Micho.
Of particular interest was midfielder Hassan Wasswa, who Micho said had surprised the coaching staff by his level of fitness.
“I cannot guarantee you that he will start on Sunday but his fitness levels have left us impressed,” Micho said of Wasswa.
A transfer saga with his club side KCC has left the midfielder inactive since featuring for the Cranes at the Chan tournament held in South Africa in January but Micho insisted Wasswa still had plenty to offer.
“His experience and versatility is what we shall need in this kind of game especially because of the absences we have,” he said.
The team was supposed to link up with team captain Andy Mwesigwa in Nairobi before connecting to Madagascar.
TOMORROW - 2015 AFCON QUALIFIER
Uganda vs. Madagascar
*3pm (Time in Madagascar, 2pm)
Stade Rabemananjara – Mahajanga