Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevich has defended his team selection ahead of the March 5 international friendly against Zambia saying that it’s meant to benefit Uganda in the future.
Addressing a press conference at the FA headquarter in Mengo, Kampala, Micho who has been blamed by sections of Ugandans for his lack of consistency in summoning squads revealed that he called up senior players with experience in a bid to help the Cranes post good results against the former African champions so as to improve the nation’s ranking.
Sections of Ugandans were left bemused when the Serbian coach left promising striker Yunus Sentamu and left fullback Isaac Muleme who were gallant performers at CHAN 2014 out of the team to face Zambia but the ex-SC Villa and Rwanda coach said; ‘CAF used the performance of national teams in the past three years to decide on the teams that would not go through qualifiers of the Africa Nations Cup 2015.
So, I need a strong team for this friendly,’ said Micho. The Serbian who promised to name his final 18 man squad for the Zambia game over the weekend also said the friendly will help Cranes prepare for the forthcoming international fixtures due this year.
‘The CAN 2015 qualifiers will kick off soon and we must be ready. I need to try out every player’ added Micho who said that he will name his final 18 man squad at the weekend for the trip to Ndola.