Cranes drew 0-0 away to South Sudan
South Sudan 0 Uganda 0
Skipper Geoffrey Sserunkuma has expressed his regret for missing a penalty which would have given Uganda a win against South Sudan in the Africa Nations Championship second round qualifier in Juba.
Sserunkuma and coach Milutin Sredojevic said the miss and the eventual draw was an indication it was not their day.
"We failed to score but had a fair game away from home. We missed so many goal scoring opportunities including a penalty and had a goal disallowed. We shall polish the weaknesses in the remaining days" Sredojevic said.
Sserunkuma has promised to double his efforts in the return leg and ensure Cranes do advance to the third round of the qualifiers against either Rwanda or Tanzania. The two countries also played to a goalless draw in Dar es Salam on Saturday.
The 18-man squad returned to the country on Saturday and resumed training for the return leg at Phillip Omondi Stadium on Sunday.
Sredojevic has also maintained that his team will complete the task in the return leg with a performance at Lugogo in Kampala.
Cranes have so far only missed the inaugural edition of the biannual tournament that was staged in Democratic Republic of Congo in 2009 but appeared in Sudan (2011), South Africa (2014) and Rwanda (2016).
In all the appearances Uganda Cranes failed to make it out of the group stages.