Micho irritated with referee’s performance during Uganda’s stalemate against Kenya

Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has conceded he was infuriated after the referee reversed a decision to hand his charges a penalty against Kenya during Thursday’s World Cup qualifier in Nairobi.

Kenya’s Joseph Okumu brought down Milton Karisa on the edge of the danger zone.

An initial decision from Sudanese referee Ismail Mahmood Ali Mahmood was a penalty.

However, after consulting the assistant referee, he handed the visitors a free-kick.

But it was not amusing for the Serbian tactician who saw his Cranes side play out a goalless draw with the Harambee Stars.

“We shall have an opportunity to see why the referee changed his mind after reviewing the incident,” Micho said after the game.

“But, I am now getting used to such decisions because in a friendly match against Kenya], Zambia had a genuine goal disallowed and again, we have seen a penalty decision reversed.”

“Apart from that, the boys gave everything despite playing against a team that has just completed their season. For us, most of the players are in recess so it is a positive result.”

“It was hard to prepare the players physically for the match, the match that meant so much. The opponents resorted to playing long balls to Michael Olunga, but we succeeded in keeping the clean sheet,” he added.

Uganda is now focusing on their next assignment at home against Mali on Monday.

Mali enter this game after defeating Rwanda in another Group E match.

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