Uganda 1 Mali 1: Miya the hero with first goal since 1978

first_imgNasur  11′Omondi  58′Eyo  54′ LIVE – AFCON****PREVIEWUganda Cranes start their final AFCON 2017 game against Mali today with a team minus three key players who started the heart-breaking match against Egypt.Striker Geoffrey Massa has been dropped while goalkeeper Denis Onyango and defender Denis Timothy Awany will not be part of one final push for a goal and win due to injuries.Cranes will hope to wind up their return to the high table of African football with a goal, and win, when they take on Mali today.“We came here to play three Cup finals — the first we lost on a penalty to Ghana and the second we lost in the last minute on the counterattack. We will see how we play the last match but the ambition remains that we want to go home with pride and with a win.” said Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic as he looked forward to third and final ‘final’.Uganda, already eliminated after the Egypt defeat, will hope to bow out of their first Cup of Nations in 39 years by registering a first goal and a first win since their last appearance in 1978.Uganda’s last goal was scored by legend Phillip Omondi as Uganda marched over Nigeria 2-1 in March 1978 Uganda 2–1 Nigeria Egypt top groupUganda had already been eliminated and Mali needed to win and hope Egypt lost to Ghana to have a chance of sneaking through as runners-up.But record seven-time champions Egypt won 1-0 in Port-Gentil to top the final standings with seven points and Ghana also progressed with six.Mali ended third with two points and Uganda, returning to the tournament after a 39-year absence, came last with a solitary point.Miya gave the Ugandan Cranes a 70th-minute lead in northern Gabon and Bissouma equalised three minutes later.A torrential pre-match downpour created puddles of water in some areas of the pitch.In such demanding conditions, teams often prefer a direct, long-ball approach, but the Malian Eagles and the Ugandan Cranes opted for a passing game.It delivered comical results at times as players from both teams overran a ball that got stuck in the heavy pitch.Miya in action. PHOTO AFPGenuine scoring chances were scarce with Mali captain Yacouba Sylla coming as close as anyone to breaking the opening-half deadlock.Impressive winger Bissouma pushed the ball into the area just outside the box and Sylla unleased a shot that was just too high.After having a 69th-minute goal correctly disallowed with two players clearly offside, Uganda went ahead almost immediately after.Belgium-based teenager Miya latched on to the ball outside the box and gave goalkeeper Oumar Sissoko no chance with a stinging shot.Mali levelled when Bissouma slammed a medium-range free-kick in front of goal past a poorly organised defensive wall and wide of goalkeeper Robert Odongkara.The first competitive match between the countries took place in a 20,000-seat stadium built for the tournament outside the town of Oyem.Readying a venue surrounded by a huge rain forest was a close call with workers applying the finishing touches just hours before the first matches last week.Like the other three Cup of Nations venues in Gabon, the Oyem pitch has come under fire from coaches.Tournament officials showed little sympathy, however, with one telling Ivory Coast handler Michel Dussuyer “you have played on worse elsewhere”. Tweets about @UgandaCranesCranes starting XI: Robert Odongkara; (GK) Denis Iguma, Murshid Jjuuko, Hassan Waswa Mawanda, Godfrey Walusimbi;  Khalid Aucho, Geoffrey Kizito, Moses Oloya, Luwagga Kizito, Joseph Ochaya and Farouk Miya CAF committee member and former Senegal striker Khalilou Fadiga was equally unmoved by complaints.“Let the players not expect the pitches in Africa to be like those in Europe,” he said. Egypt defeat painful, lessons learntUganda coach Milutin Sredojevic admitted the way in which his side were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations with a last-gasp defeat to Egypt on Saturday was a crushing blow.“We have come after 39 years and paid for the lesson in a hard way. If you lose in a convincing way you accept it, but in this way it is very hard to accept.“We tried our best but unfortunately it was not enough,” said “Micho” after Abdallah El Said’s 89th-minute strike, from a Mohamed Salah assist, gave Egypt a 1-0 win in the Group D encounter in Port-Gentil.“This level of competition demands total focus of concentration on details that decide games.“We couldn’t keep that concentration up to the last moment — when we were supposed to close the game out we allowed a counterattack and the experience and quality of Salah made the difference“Now we need to pick up the pieces and look forward in order to see who will play the last game — it is hard to say who will play in the last game, we have certain injuries like (goalkeeper Denis) Onyango. Mali’s midfielder Yves Bissouma (L) challenges Uganda’s defender Godfrey Walusimbi during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Uganda and Mali in Oyem on January 25, 2017. AFP PHOTOFT: Mali 1 (Bissouma 73) Uganda 1 (Miya 70) ; Egypt 1 (Salah 11) Ghana 0QUARTERS: Senegal vs Cameroon;  Burkina Faso vs Tunisia ; Morocco vs Egypt;  DR Congo vs GhanaAfrica Cup of Nations Group D Egypt         3 2 1 0 2 0 7 – qualifiedGhana       3 2 0 1 2 1 6 – qualifiedMali           3 0 2 1 1 2 2Uganda    3 0 1 2 1 3 1Farouk Miya scored a historic goal, but it was not enough to give Uganda their first win of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final.Miya grabbed Uganda’s first goal of AFCON 2017 in the second half versus Mali, the first goal at this level by Cranes since Phillip Omondi scored against Nigeria in March 14, 1978.Mali responded soon after on a rain-drenched Oyem pitch, Yves Bissouma equalizing soon after.Belgium-based Miya last year also scored the lone goal against Comoros that put Uganda into their first Nations Cup finals – since Omondi’s 1978 team. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Uganda Cranes coach Micho wants out

first_imgCranes coach Micho wants outKampala, Uganda| THE INDEPENDENT |  Whether he leaves or not, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevich’s name will remain etched in Uganda’s football history as the coach who broke the jinx!History will state that in 1978, Uganda Cranes reached the final of the Nations Cup finals, falling to Ghana 2-0. Jimmy Kirunda and Phillip Omondi were some of the great names that Ugandan soccer would talk about for over 3 decades as players who last featured in the Nations Cup finals.For close to four decades after 1978, Cranes beat all the giants from Ghana, Zambia to Nigeria, but qualification eluded them.Uganda’s sports history will also add that FUFA presidents and coaches came and went but success remained elusive — until Lawrence Mulindwa in 2013. Then FUFA President Mulindwa, decided to bite the bullet and sack coach Bobby Williamson who had done a tremendous job with the team. In came ‘Micho’, and the rest is history.Williamson had come in to replace Csaba László, who resigned in July 2008 to go to Hearts in Scotland, despite a running contract.  Williamson had led Cranes to four CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup trophies since 2008 but failed to secure qualification to the African Nations Cup in his five-year tenure – on one occassion failing on the very final day of qualification.“FUFA hasn’t received any communication in regard to rumours that Cranes coach Micho has resigned. The Serbian is still under contract,” Federation of Uganda Football Associations FUFA said Saturday.They were reacting to stories that Micho had said goodbye after his new look Cranes had humbled South Sudan 5-1 in the CHAN tournament second leg – at the Phillip Omondi Stadium.Their next opponents – Rwanda.Micho has handled Rwanda before as well.Micho went via St.George in Ethiopia, Orlando Pirates in South Africa and Rwanda before coming to Uganda.  He has complained for years about failure by FUFA to pay his salary under the agreed contract.FUFA issued a statement Saturday night talking of a meeting with the national coach on Monday, but, another mutual separation seems to be in the pipeline. Share on: WhatsApp *****FROM THE ARCHIVESlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar seeks out hotel staffer who helped him make a key change in…

first_imgAdvertisement jNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs168swcjgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8tk0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c1hltWould you ever consider trying this?😱1Can your students do this? 🌚0j06Roller skating! Powered by Firework Sachin Tendulkar recalls his encounter with a hotel staffer at Taj Coromandal whose advice helped him improve upon his batting technique. Sachin recently tweeted a video about him where he is talking about a fan he met just before he was going to play a match against Australia. The batting ace asked the netizens to help him find the man, who helped him score 200 in the match against South Africa next. It was Virender Sehwag who was the undisputed king until Sachin dethroned him.Advertisement He tweeted the video with the caption. “A chance encounter can be memorable! I had met a staffer at Taj Coromandel, Chennai during a Test series with whom I had a discussion about my elbow guard, after which I redesigned it. I wonder where he is now & wish to catch up with him. Hey netizens, can you help me find him?”Advertisement The netizens did not disappoint, as the man was found in his home in Perambur. Guruprasad was working at the Taj Coromandel as a security agent when he met his idol, Sachin Tendulkar. After 19 years, Sachin still remembers him as he talks fondly about the memory in the video. Since Guruprasad was in his uniform, Sachin had mistaken him for a hotel staffer. While he did get his idol’s autograph, his observation and his piece of advice regarding his elbow guard left Sachin stunned. He was having problems with his elbow guard which was restricting his wrist movement, which was making it easier for opponents to bowl him out, but he had not discussed this with anyone.“He (Guruprasad) said I want to discuss something with you about cricket. Whenever I see you wear an arm guard, your bat swing changes. And I don’t think I had spoken about this to anyone in the world. I was the only person who was aware of that. And I said yes, you are the only person in the world who has figured out that.”As soon as the game was over, Sachin got his elbow guard redesigned and the rest is history.“But you won’t believe, after that I came back to the room from the ground, I got my elbow guard and redesigned it according to the correct size and padding required.”BCCI announces Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s replacement for the ODI series against West IndiesRavi Shastri reveals which superstar he wanted at number 4 for India in the World Cup  Advertisementlast_img read more