MICHO ON CAPE VERDE ISLANDS

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KICK OFF asked for­mer Orlando Pirates coach Mi­lutin Sre­do­je­vić for his view on the Cape Verde side. His Uganda team, with De­nis Onyango in goal, beat the “Tubaroes Azul” 1-0 in June and “Micho” is an as­tute stu­dent of the African game. ON THE TEAM: “They play with one de­fen­sive mid­fielder and two play­mak­ers. It’s a clas­sic Por­tuguese style, with two wingers and one top striker. I can call it a 4-1-4-1 or a 4-3-3. The way to beat them is with quick coun­ters and with South Africa’s pace and ball skill, the team needs to find a way to get the ball for­ward quickly. Their de­fence is a bit sus­pect, es­pe­cially on the ground. At set pieces they are dan­ger­ous, they have good service and good size.” ON THE VENUE: “The match will be played in Praia at the Na­tional Sta­dium. It’s a very nice sta­dium, the only neg­a­tive is the ar­ti­fi­cial turf, which is of an older gen­er­a­tion and makes the ball bounce un­evenly. There is wind flow through the sta­dium and the Cape Ver­dians like to take ad­van­tage of this and play with it be­hind them in the first half. Fifa rules al­low two train­ing ses­sions on the pitch if it is ar­ti­fi­cial and so I would ad­vise South Africa to get there early and take ad­van­tage of this to get used to the sur­face.” ON THE TRIP: “I don’t think there will be much fever in the stands. The ex­cite­ment about the team seems to have gone down in re­cent months. Praia is a very civilised place, but I would ad­vise Bafana to go by char­ter. We went by com­mer­cial flights and it was hell. They have only one plane and if it breaks down, you are stuck!”

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