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Sports News of Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Source: citifmonline.com

AFCON 2017: Sredojevic concedes Uganda panicked against Ghana

Head Coach of the Uganda’s Cranes, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevi? has blamed his team’s opening day defeat to Ghana in the AFCON on ‘stage fright.’

Uganda made their first appearance in the tournament since 1978, and struggled to assert themselves in the opening stages of the game, conceding a penalty midway through the first half, which Ghana capitalized on.

The Cranes slowly grew into the game in the second half and had some chances to draw level but failed. Sredojevi? however praised his team for their attitude and effort they showed in the game.

“For thirty nine years we have not been here, and we did well to qualify. In the first half we had what I like to call an element of stage fright.”

“We paid an expensive consequence of one mistake that is very hard to explain. But at half time we became fully aware that we are on the big stage, it needed the man management and awakening of every player and injecting belief inside them.”

“We risked everything, but the experienced team of Ghana absorbed the pressure. But as a coach and a sportsman I have to congratulate my colleague Avram Grant and his team upon winning.”