AFCON: Zimbabwe Should Not Be Underrated - Denis Onyango

Uganda Cranes captain, Denis Onyango at a pre-match press briefing on Tuesday.

Uganda Cranes captain, Denis Onyango has said that his team should not underrate the Warriors of Zimbabwe ahead of their encounter in the ongoing AFCON 2019 finals on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe lost 1-0 to hosts Egypt in their opener but Onyango says the Southern Africans have quality players.

“Personally, I will admit that I know most of the Zimbabwe players. I have played with some of them in the same clubs and majority play in the PSL. We are set and determined to face Zimbabwe. There is no need to underrate them because they have quality players,” Onyango said on Tuesday morning during the official prematch press conference.

Cranes upset the Leopards of Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday with 2-0 win, courtesy of Patrick Kaddu and Emmanuel Okwi’s goals, putting them top of group A with 3 points and two goals ahead of Egypt with 3 points and a goal.

But on his part, Cranes coach Sebastian Desabre said their target is to garner the maximum points saying failure to defeat the Zimbabweans will render their Congo defeat useless. He adds that the team ought to face Egypt in the last game when they have already qualified to the round of 16 stage.

“We are focused and concentrated for the Zimbabwe game on Wednesday. The win we registered against DR Congo now means for nothing. We need maximum points against Zimbabwe so that we head to the final game with Egypt when we are relaxed and already qualified,” said Desabre.

“We respect Zimbabwe because they have very good individual players but we shall give it our best shot,” he added.

The team will conduct their final training session later tonight Tuesday at Arab Contractors’ Stadium in Cairo and will be the third recovery session after Sunday and Monday’s sessions.

The game will be played at Cairo International Stadium at 8pm East African Time.

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