Before the back to back games against Burkina Faso, The Cranes were on top of group D standings with six points; three ahead of both Burkina Faso and Botswana and six better than Comoros.

After the two fixtures, Uganda now lie second with seven points; same as Burkina Faso with Botswana third; a point adrift while bottom placed Comoros are just four points behind.

Despite so, Cranes tactician Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is hopeful of qualification.

“It’s a disappointing result,” he told the press after a goalless draw with the Stallions. “But it’s not the end of the road. We are very much still into this campaign with two games to play,” he added.

Micho rued missed chances but hailed team character albeit of all circumstances preceding the game including the death of Abel Dhaira and poor logistics.

“We are committed to the cause; the boys showed a lot of character when you look at what we went through, how we traveled to Ouagadougou and back, the death of Abel Dhaira also affected us somehow.”

Uganda’s next game is away to Botswana who have won all their home games and this hasn’t gone unnoticed by Micho.

“They (Botswana) are a decent side at home, it’s going to be a tough match but we don’t have a choice but to go and play for a result. We just need to prepare adequately.”

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