Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic was a disappointed man when the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) misfortune returned to haunt Uganda Cranes at the ongoing 2022 edition in Algeria.
The Uganda Cranes who have never gone past the group stages of CHAN nearly broke the jinx but it just could not happen like it was in 2014.
Back then, the Cranes came into the final group game on four points and lost 3-1 to Morocco.
It was the same case when they lost by the same scoreline to Ivory Coast at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers on Sunday.
“I am very disappointed with the fact that after 2014 this was our biggest chance for us to progress,” Micho said in the aftermath of the game before adding.
“On both occasions, we finished on four points and unfortunately four points are not enough to progress to the next round.”
“Compared to the other editions I believe we have given our best starting from the preparations and I would like to give credit to FUFA and everyone who has supported us.”
“I commend the players for their performance and commitment because we had a good game and the result did not reflect what the boys put on the pitch and what we deserved,” he added.
The Cranes conceded two goals in the 12th and 27th minute to Sankara Karamoko and Vignon Ouotro respectively.
Moses Waiswa brought the Pearl of Africa into when he converted a penalty in the 34th minute after a foul on Rogers Mato in the box.
Despite a spirited fight in the second half, Micho’s charges conceded a 78th-minute goal by Aubin Kramo.
Senegal finished top of the group with six points, Ivory Coast and Uganda were tied on four points but the former had a better goal difference and head-to-head while the Democratic Republic of Congo was bottom with two points.
Elimination meant that Uganda has now failed to go beyond the group stages for the sixth straight time although they have played at the competition more than any other country.
Uganda Cranes XI: Alionzi Nafian (GK), Gift Fred, Geofrey Wasswa, Kenneth Ssemakula, James Begisa, Derrick Ndahiro, Rogers Mato, Moses Waiswa, Karim Watambala, Frank Ssebufu, Milton Karisa
Substitutes: Joel Mutakubwa (GK), Jack Komakech (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Isa Mubiru, Hillary Mukundane, Travis Mutyaba, Titus Ssematimba, Moses Aliro, Nelson Senkatuka, Bright Anukani, Ibrahim Orit, Marvin Youngman
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