The Serbian tactician explains why he feels Harambee Stars will start as favorites on Thursday as they tackle the Cranes
Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic believes Kenya will start as favorites when the neighbors start their campaign to Qatar in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers on Thursday at Nyayo Stadium.
The East African competitors are merged into Group E of the qualifiers along with the West African giants Mali and Rwanda, with the top team qualifying for the third qualifying round.
The Serbian tactician, who returned on July 27 to deal with the Cranes after parting ways with Zambia, believes Harambee Stars have the advantage because they played their FKF Premier League campaign to a conclusion different from Uganda where their league has been canceled. This was after the outbreak of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
What did Sredojevic say?
“This is another episode of the never-ending derby between Kenya and Uganda or Uganda against Kenya, and I’m glad to come here to Nairobi,” said Sredojevic Purpose on Tuesday.
‘It’s going to be a value test, a character test for the Cranes, a team in transition with too much at stake, World Cup qualifiers, and it’s very difficult and difficult to play against the friends you know and understand a lot well.
‘It’s going to be a very difficult match that will show us where we are as Uganda right now; we know we are playing against a very competitive good team that has a big advantage in the game because coach Jacob [Mulee] had Afcon qualifiers in March, and their league was also not rescheduled, and it ended recently.
‘Most Kenyan players were fully competitive, while in Uganda we experienced some problems because our league was in a recession due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“But in any case, we represent Uganda and I know that the match against Kenya will be determined by small details and that we will do everything to make sure that the small details go our way.
“We expect a good match, a football match from friends that will be played for 90 minutes, but after 90 minutes we will be East African brothers again.”
What did Captain Okwi say?
Uganda captain Emmanuel Okwi explained that they have respect for Kenya, but they came to Nairobi to fight for a positive start in the qualifiers.
‘We have just arrived and want to see how we can rest and start our day tomorrow [Tuesday], so that we can adjust to the weather by Thursday and make sure we are ready for the match on Thursday, ”said Okwi, who appears at the Egyptian club Al Ittihad Alexandria Club. Purpose.
“Of course we have a lot of respect for Kenya, we respect them as a team and as a country, but we are here to fight and make sure we get the best start.”
When Okwi lost 2-1 in a friendly on Sunday, Okwi said: ‘The match against Ethiopia did not go as planned, but we saw where it went wrong and we are going to work on it for the two days we will be here, and by Thursday I’m sure the technical bench and as players have noticed the missing link, so we’m ready for Thursday. ”
In the last six matches between the two countries, Kenya has won one, Uganda has won twice, while the other three have drawn.