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Uganda Cranes turn focus to CHAN after CECAFA exit

09 December 2013, 15:39

Nairobi - The Uganda Cranes have turned their focus to the CHAN tourney in January after losing out in the quarterfinals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.

Cranes bowed out of this year’s Challenge Cup on Saturday afternoon 3-2 on spot kicks, losing to Tanzania following a 2-all draw in normal time but left the coastal town of Mombasa with a reason to smile.

It was such a painful early exit for the defending champions but technically the country returned home with a hope for a bright future. The biggest achievement of the Cranes’ Serbian born coach Sredejovic ‘Milutin’ Micho in this tournament was the discovery of new potential talent that will be of great use to Uganda in the subsequent competitions.

Khalid Aucho playing for Tusker FC in the Kenyan Premier League was the biggest catch. Aucho is a solid confident midfielder on the pitch and his role in this team was timely and instrumental. Despite being his first time, the player featured in all four games.

Aucho was not only a composed midfielder but an attack-minded player and made several contributions in most build-ups that resulted in some of the Cranes goals. He scored a crucial goal against Sudan that took Uganda top of group 'C'. The two teams had tied at four points with same number of goals scored and conceded.

Classic Benjamin Ochan

Victoria University goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan had an impressive performance and his presence on the squad helped him acquire more confidence and experience at the international scene.

He conceded no goal throughout the group stages as Uganda edged Rwanda 1-0 in their opening fixture, Eritrea 3-0 and Sudan 1-0. On the fateful day, Ochan also saved Samata Mbwana’s penalty before Uganda lost to Tanzania on spot kicks.

If given more exposure, there is no doubt that Ochan will make it into the National ‘A’ team.

Confident Joseph Mpuga

Joseph Mpuga was making his first appearance in the Cranes squad and traveled to Nairobi as a substitute behind Savio Kabugo. His luck however came when Kabugo had a malaria attack just minutes before their engagement against Sudan. Micho immediately handed him a chance which he utilized perfectly.

Mpuga commanded the defense with confidence stopping the Sudanese' dangerous strikers Salah Ibrahim and Mohammed Tahir. Salah scored against Rwanda, Eritrea and Ethiopia but had no way through the Ugandan defense.

In the quarter final match against Tanzania, Mpuga was a starter and netted Uganda’s equalizer to level it at 2-2. His height and brilliance on the ball is his big strength.

With the CHAN competitions due in South Africa in January next year, the Cranes can look forward to blooding their next generation of young players.


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