Uganda Coach Micho Blasts Tunisian Referee For Awarding Ghana Dubious Penalty

Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has blasted as “dubious” the penalty awarded to the Black Stars against his team on Saturday in Kumasi.

“Anyone can go take a look at the recording and see what I am talking about,” said Sredojevic, whose team held the home side to a 1-1 draw in a Group E tie of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier.

The coach told in an interview on Saturday night at the Noda Hotel that although his team managed to hold hosts Ghana to draw, he was disappointed with the referee from Tunisia.

The Cranes showed a lot of motivation and character at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi to take a 45th minute lead through man of the match Tony Mawejje.

But the Tunisian referee awarded Ghana a penalty on 47 minutes after defender Denis Iguma picked the ball and Waris Majeed went down in the box as the home fans also booed the decision.

Dede Ayew, son of Ghanaian legend Abed Pele, netted the penalty.

Sredojevic said they will be very fired up to build on this draw away from home by making their home games count.

He was also very happy that his players took instructions seriously and foiled Ghana’s style of play which kept skipper Asamoah Gyan out of the game for long spells.

South Africa-based goalkeeper Dennis Onyango who kept Uganda in the game after making several saves, said he was happy that after falling to Niger in a build-up game on Tuesday, they worked hard to get a good result against Ghana.

Defender Savio Kabugo, who made his first start for the senior team, was equally delighted and thanked God for pushing him through despite getting an early yellow card.

The Cranes will next host Guinea on Wednesday at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

Guinea stopped Togo 2-1 in the first Group E match on Friday.