By Michael Nsubuga
2014 World Cup qualifier
Uganda v Senegal
Botswana v Uganda
THE local based players who excelled during the CHAN qualifier against Tanzania have a chance to push for first team places as the Cranes begin preparations to face Senegal in a World Cup qualifier in Morocco.
The Cranes kicked off preparations yesterday by participating in the Rotary Cancer Run which coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic described as a move intended to give the team spiritual blessing.
“We have started the campaign ‘Operation Senegal’ but we can say we launched it immediately we finished the first leg because we have worked tirelessly in a passionate way,” Sredojevic stated.
“Many say we have no chance because of the quality we are facing, the big clubs they play for but football gives us a half chance too to go out there and fight for the result we want.
“The spirit and attitude that was exhibited during the last thirty minutes of the Angola game was a true reflection of the Ugandan approach that we are going to use again.
“The people I am working with and given the support we have from FUFA and Government, we believe we can get a good result in Morocco.”
The coach believes his players can stretch themselves to the limit to achieve the desired result and wants them to go into training and the game with the same belief.
Sredojevic added, “our opponents have a big pool of players to choose from and have the luxury of training in the best facilities around Europe but we are trying to bridge the gap in the shortest time left by camping in Turkey,”
The friendly match against Botswana due on Saturday and the Turkey camp early next month will help to give players like goalkeeper Denis Onyango and striker Geoffrey Massa who have just joined new clubs, and defender Godfrey Walusimbi who does not have a team at the moment a chance to bond with the rest of the players.