Uganda limps into AFCON qualifier against Ghana after losing 2-0 to Niger in friendly
Uganda showed their frailties on Tuesday when they were beaten 2-0 by Niger in their last international friendly before their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana in Kumasi on Saturday.
The Cranes completed the friendly match in Niamey as they went two-nil down inside the opening 25 minutes of the game and never recovered.
This shows that the visitors will be unsettled in their opening minutes of the match against the Black Stars in Kumasi and an early assault by the Ghanaians could lead to lots of goals in Kumasi.
Cranes coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, chose to maintain the back five that guided Uganda to a 1-0 win away in Mauritania that helped them to reach the group phase of the qualifiers for the tournament in Morocco.
This meant that Robert Odongkara started between the posts, with skipper Andrew Mwesigwa partnering Isaac Isinde in the heart of central defence.
Micho also opted to deploy Denis Iguma and Godfrey Walusimbi in the fullback positions. Khalid Aucho and Tonny Mawejje were tasked with shielding the defence.
The defensive structure of the team was, however, found wanting, and Micho has it all to do ahead of The Cranes’ trip to Ghana.
The Cranes are preparing for their first 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying Group E tie away to Ghana.
That match will take place in Kumasi on Saturday.