As Uganda edged Tanzania 1-0 in the first leg of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers, the former had over six members aged 23 and below.
The likes of Garvin Kizito Mugweri, Ibrahim Juma, Rogers Mato, Kenneth Ssemakula, Richard Basangwa and goal-scorer Travis Mutyaba, all formed part of the winning team at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on Sunday.
“There’s no bigger pride for a coach that the boys that played at the U17 Cup of Nations in Morocco and the U20 Africa Cup of Nations (2021) played well,” Uganda’s joyous head coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic said after the game.
“Ibrahim Juma and Travis Mutyaba played in Morocco at the U17 while others in Basangwa, Kizito, and many others played with the U20, and they are the future of Uganda’s football,” he added.
The Serbian was also full of praise for the entire team in what he called a dominant display against the hosts.
“Against the experienced players of Tanzania, we prepared for every detail and matched them in every aspect.”
“Despite a difficult first half where we had a problem of holding the ball, when we brought on Mutyaba and Basangwa it changed as we won all the second balls and attacked their vulnerable full-back positions, and I’m pleased,” the tactician highlighted.
The Cranes will be keen on getting the job fully done in the second leg bout slated for St Mary’s Stadium Kitende on September 3.
The winner on aggregate will advance to the CHAN finals bound for 2023 in Algeria.
How both teams lined up
Tanzania: Aishi Manula, Mohamed Hussein, Dickson Job, Bakari Mwamnyento, Jonas Mkude, Salum Abubaker, Farid Mussa, Feissal Salum, George Mpole, Denis Kibu.
Substitutions: Abdutwaleeb Mshery, Pascal Msindo, Kennedy Juma, Mzamiru Yassin, Tepsi Evance, Daniel Lyanga, Anuary Jabir.
Uganda: Nathian Alionzi (GK), Ibrahim Juma, Garvin Kizito Mugweri, John Revita, Livingstone Mulondo, Siraje Ssentamu, Marvin Joseph Youngman, Moses Waiswa, Milton Karisa, Martin Kizza, Rogers Mato.
Substitutions: Mathias Muwanga, James Begisa, Derrick Ndahiro, Kenneth Ssemakula, Saidi Kyeyune, Richard Basangwa, Travis Mutyaba