Uganda/Zimbabwe: Zim Leave Cranes Pondering Days to Botswana Tie

| June 1, 2016

If Cranes coach, Micho Sredojevic, had concerns over his team's sharpness in front of goal, they will have doubled after Uganda suffered a 2-0 defeat to Zimbabwe in a build-up match in Harare last evening.

A Tennage Hadebe first half brace sent the Cranes straight back to the proverbial drawing board, which they have three days to study before Uganda's crucial 2017 Afcon qualifier away in Botswana on Saturday.

Both teams fielded some none-regular starters.

Micho had first choice goalkeeper Denis Onyango and Tonny Mawejje, the pair having joined the team on match day, plus Joseph Ochaya and Khalid Aucho start on the bench.

Robert Odongkara took up the goalposts, with Yasser Mugerwa getting a rare start and Melvyn Lorenzen debuting for Cranes.

The Werder Bremen striker. Lorenzen. had some good link-up play with Kizito Luwagga and hit the post on a curler as he tried to make his presence felt before being pulled off at half time. Only Onyango was not used for Cranes.

Micho will hope to have Farouk Miya, who missed the game as a precautionary measure after the player reportedly went unconscious en route to Zimbabwe with the team, is in better shape for Saturday.

That the Cranes have previously lost a friendly and gone on to win their subsequent qualifier, as seen in the 3-0 away loss to Libya in June 2013 before beating Liberia 1-0 at Namboole six days later, will give them encouragement.

Burkina Faso and Uganda top Group D with seven points apiece

Source: The Monitor.

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