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The Caf U-23 Championships will take place at Senegal

The Caf U-23 Championships will take place at Senegal later in 2015, but Uganda are already facing the prospect of not reaching this competition due to a poor result in the first round of qualification.

The team came up against Egyptian outfit in the qualification round, but a 4-0 loss in the first leg means that it is now highly unlikely that Uganda will feature at the finals. The team does have a slender hope of taking the tie into penalties but they need to come up with four unanswered goals for that prospect to occur. It is a tough ask for a team that has little experience of top-level international football.

MichoSredojevic has been the coach of the Ugandan national team since 2013 and during this period of the national team has been progressing slowly but surely. However, even the 45-year-old will not be able to prevent the exit in the qualification rounds.Sredojevic is confident of making something out of the game since he wants to see the Ugandan players go out with head held high. In the last eight matches against Europe across all ages, Uganda have suffered a defeat in seven of them. This firmly puts them as favourites to suffer yet another defeat against Egypt.

“We felt unbelievable amount of cruelty that football hides in the rule that if you don't use your chances you will get punished. But we have seen teams doing it (overturning such high marginal scores) and we shall fight till the last minute to make it happen,” said Sredojevic. Meanwhile, the senior team has been on an inconsistent run of form that has seen them get only two wins in the last five games. They recently lost a friendly match against Malawi, but there is hope for recovery in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Comoros.

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