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Uganda will be making a second appearance in the Africa Nations Championship. After failing to impress in the last Edition in Khartoum, Sudan, two years ago, the team is hungry to impress and go through the group stage.Just like the senior Cranes team, Serbian born coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic handles the team together with assistants Kefa Kisala and Fred Kajoba.The Cranes qualified for the 2014 CHAN on a 4-1 goal aggregate after stopping the Taifa Stars of Tanzania 1-0 away in Dar Es Salaam and 3-1 at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.At the 2011 CHAN competition, Uganda lost all the group games to Algeria (0-2), Sudan (0-1) and Gabon (1-2) under the guidance of Scotsman Robert Bobby Williamson.Experienced midfielder Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, who played professional football in South Africa and Turkey, will lead the Cranes in pursuit of the 2014 CHAN trophy.The other notable players Uganda Cranes will be fielding include Brain Majwega, Denis Iguma and striker Frank Kalanda.Tournament Review:For the second successive time, Uganda Cranes failed to make it out of the CHAN group stage. Coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic though managed to beat highly ranked Burkina Faso 2- 1 in the opening match before a goalless draw with the Warriors of Zimbabwe and falling 3-1 to Morocco. The Cranes led Group B from January 12 and only tumbled in their final group game against a much more experienced and tactical Atlas Lions Morocco who run rings around them. We have lost to much superior and tested Morocco team, Micho conceded after that match. Micho and his technical team were however happy with the outing as they managed to score three goals despite conceding four goals. However, the tournament produced yet another star for Uganda in Junior Yunus Sentamu who scored all three goals and the 19-year old is now much sort after by South African teams.
Meanwhile, this was a better performance by The Cranes compared to the 2011 edition in Sudan when they lost all their matches in the group stages and scoring only one goal.
The FA also praised the team for the good performance despite not getting any support from the government of Uganda. However, the coach will have to concentrate on building a strong defence as the 2015 Afcon qualifiers get closer.
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