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The patriotic Cranes are ready to unleash fire on Rwanda’s

The Cranes will meet Rwanda in back-to-back group E FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers, the first of which will be held in Kigali's Nyamirambo Stadium.

The patriotic Cranes are ready to unleash fire on Rwanda’s Amavubi Stars, according to Micho Milutin’Micho’ Sredojevic, who also stated that Uganda will rely on patriotism when facing Vincent Mashami’s Amavubi Stars on Thursday.

The Cranes will meet Rwanda in back-to-back group E FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers, the first of which will be held in Kigali’s Nyamirambo Stadium.

The game is historically significant because it takes place at a time when the two countries’ diplomatic relations are strained, emphasizing the need for Micho to remind his team that they must keep their eyes on the ball.

“Uganda has almost 40 million coaches, but I have been given the task of being the head coach,” says the coach. On Tuesday morning, Micho held a press conference at FUFA House.

“More than my coaching, I believe in these players. I know there is a wonderful aspect of patriotism and a fire in their hearts to play and provide the finest delight to their people inside them.”

“I think that the players’ inner fire will release the best version of themselves and the Ugandan football lions that will roar at Nyamirambo,” he continued.

The Serbian, who took over as coach of the Cranes in August, did not have the best of starts to his second tenure, losing his first game in charge in a friendly against Ethiopia.

Following that, the Cranes had two dismal performances against Kenya as they began their 2022 World Cup qualifiers, before faltering again at home against Mali in the second qualifier in September.

Micho appeared to hint at the time that the Cranes were hampered by a lack of the competitive edge required to produce success in a game of the magnitude of the World Cup qualifiers, with little action locally owing to the July lockout and no action for the foreign-based players.

The Cranes coach, on the other hand, believes the team is in better competitive shape now that several local clubs are playing, and the foreign leagues are in full swing.

“I believe our professional players have improved and are in a more competitive mode, and our local players have worked with their respective teams,” Micho said.

“We played the regional tour match in Mbale, followed by four matches, and we believe we have attained the required competitive level, allowing us to improve on our previous two games.”

“I am confident in the work we have done and the players we have. We look forward to rallying behind your support to help us cross the finish line,” the Serbian continued.

The games against Rwanda have a special meaning for Micho because he is reunited with his previous team, which is led by Mashami, a former assistant coach from his time in Rwanda.

And Micho is looking forward to meeting his protégé; Mashami is a Jinja native who has grown up to become the national team coach of his country.”

“As a student, I respect him, but I’d want to remind him that the professor has not forgotten the lesson. I have a lot of respect for Amavubi Stars coach Vincent Mashami and his players.”

“I know they’re thinking of the six points, but we’re thinking of the six points as well,” Micho asserted.

Micho confirmed a 25-player team for the Rwandan quest, which will be dominated by local players as the Cranes continue their transition.

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Khalid Aucho will head the Cranes team in lieu of banned skipper Emmanuel Okwi, while defender Timothy Awany returns in place of Murushid Juuko.

Injury forced Taddeo Lwanga to miss the first two qualifiers, but he has been included in the travelling squad, along with Fahad Bayo.

The Uganda Cranes are made up of the following players:

Charles Lukwago, Isma Watenga, and Alionzi Nafian are the goalkeepers.

Innocent Wafula, Isaac Muleme, Mustafa Kizza, Aziz Kayondo, Najib Fesali, Enock Walusimbi, Livingstone Mulondo, Denis Iguma, Timothy Awany, Wasswa Geoffrey; defenders: Innocent Wafula, Isaac Muleme, Mustafa Kizza, Aziz Kayondo, Najib Fesali, Najib Fesali, Enock Walusimbi

Khalid Aucho, Moses Waiswa, Taddeo Lwanga, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Shafik Kagimu, Julius Poloto, and Ibrahim Orit are among the midfielders.

Mukwala Steven, Martin Kizza, Yunus Ssentamu, Cromwell Rwothomio, Fahad Bayo are among the forwards.

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