The Uganda Cranes brighten their chances of advancing from the group stages of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) for the first time in six attempts when they edged Senegal 1-0 on Wednesday.
Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s charges who top Group B on four points now face three scenarios to either go through as Group B leaders, finish second or bow out of the competition, Micho not talking any chances.
“The moment the game ended my focus switched off from Senegal to Ivory Coast,” Micho praised the Cranes in the aftermath of the game.
“We are having a chance to be the first in our group or second but not forgetting that we can even go home.”
“So as a mature leader, I have to put the players on the ground not to fly high in the sky, they should understand that any moment this could slip out of our hands.”
Micho added: “Building around this momentum we have to improve so much against Ivory Coast if we are to qualify for the quarter-finals or even go further in the competition.”
“Ivory Coast has one point from two matches but this has has not reflected the amount of quality that they are having in their team.”
Captain Milton Karisa scored the all-important goal in the 33rd minute but before that, goalkeeper Alionzi Nafian had saved Senegal’s Cheikh Sidibe from a penalty in the 25th minute.
The Lions of Teranga finished with ten players on the pitch after Libasse Ngom was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Karim Watambala in the 84th minute.
It was Uganda’s second win ever at CHAN the first having came in the 2014 edition in South Africa when they defeated Burkina Faso 2-1.
The Cranes are now top of Group B with four points from two games having drawn 0-0 with the Democratic Republic of Congo in their first game.
Senegal is second with three points, DRC has two points in third place while Ivory Coast is bottom with one point.
As Uganda entertain Ivory Coast on Sunday they will need at least a point to go through and on the same day, Senegal will play against DRC.