AFCON 2019: Coach Desabre Says Cranes Team Ready to Compete


Cranes players during their training in Egypt
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With just hours to the start of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final tournament in Egypt, Uganda Cranes tactician, Sebastian Desabre has revealed his side is prepared and ready enough to compete in the tournament.

The Frenchman was Wednesday addressing the press moments after their first training at Arab Contractors Stadium in Egypt.

“The Uganda Cranes team is ready to compete at the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt. The players are ready to give the maximum. We have good organisation, cohesion and quality in the team basing on values of working together,” said Desabre.

“Each player has a task to play together. As a complete unit we shall achieve a lot. The spirit is good enough.We camped in Abu Dhabi to get used to the weather here in Egypt. The weather was not good for us in the first week but we later acclimatised to it. I am happy with the camp we had in Abu Dhabi,” he added.

On his part, team captain and goalkeeper, Denis Onyango highlighted the need for working together as a team if they are to go past the group stages.

“We shall need to work as a complete team. To get as far as we can, we need to get the best use of the team quality. We have camped for a long time in Abu Dhabi and virtually all the players know each other well”.

“Football is a team sport. You can not win a game when you are playing individual football. Against DR Congo, we need that first victory because it always pushes us further. Our goal is to go past the group stages,” Onyango said.

Uganda is in group A alongside neighbours Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), hosts Egypt and Zimbabwe.

The tournament begins Friday with Egypt hosting Zimbabwe and thereafter on Saturday, Uganda will take on DRC, Nigeria will play against debutants Burundi and Guinea will be up against Madagascar.

The Ugandans are playing at the final tournament for the second consecutive time after ending the nearly 40 year jinx without featuring in 2017.

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