The defensive ploy by Uganda Cranes tactician Micho Sredojevic in away games has helped stop the losing streak of recent.

There are sides however that don’t deserve that respect - like 143th Fifa ranked South Sudan that held Cranes to a 0-0 draw in the Chan qualification match played at Juba Stadium on Friday. Micho, inexplicably started with six defensive players, relegating attack minded players like Paul Mucureezi, Tom Masiko and Brian Majwega to cameo roles.

Cranes should have broken the deadlock early on but Derrick Nsibambi’s strike was judged offside by the Eriterian match officials.

The best chance the arrived moments after the second half resumption when South Sudan lively custodian Daniel Khemis brought down speedy winger Milton Karisa in the box. Skipper Geoffrey Sserunkuma shockingly missed it to deny Cranes victory ahead of the return leg on July 22 at Lugogo.

Uganda-born Bright Stars midfield enforcer Robert Wurube, who honed his trade at Villa Young and Proline, knew Cranes stars midfielders too well that he formed rings around them and dictated play.

Micho, who lost the attacking prowess of Muhammad Shaban and Martin Kizza (went for trials in South Africa and Serbia respectively), now has his work cut out, field an attacking side at the Philip Omondi Stadium or risk ejection by a determined yet lowly-rated South Sudan outfit.

Friday Result
South Sudan 0-0 Uganda