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2018 CHAN Update; We have quality in the Squad but players’ character is key

Uganda Cranes preparations for the Total 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) finals in Morocco saw the new head coach Desabre Sebastien take full charge of the team at Maroons Grounds in Luzira on Friday afternoon.

The Frenchman who was unveiled on Thursday at FUFA House had a full sight of the entire squad summoned for National team duty except for defender Savio Kabugo.

Time to learn new tactics from Sebastien.

The one and half hour session involved players featuring in 11 aside games with different teams formed from the 38 players who trained today.

Sebastien’s assistant Matia Lule and Goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba were on duty too.

Sebastien sharing notes with goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba
Godfrey Lwesibawa waiting for his turn to get tactics from assistant coach Matia Lule and Head coach Sebastien
Battle between Milton Karisa (L) and defender Isaac Muleme during training on Friday
Kasule Abubaker (L) being tracked by Brian Ahebwa during training
Media moment for Uganda Cranes coach Sebastien after training

The team will return to Luzira on Saturday afternoon (4pm) for another session.

Sebastien addresses media after the training session on Friday

My job is to be on the pitch. It is important for me and the technical team to assess the players during this first session. It was a good session. We have started official work today until when we play our first game against Zambia during the CHAN Finals in Morocco.

We have about four days left to forward the players’ list to CAF but we need 2-3 three days to take a good decision on the final squad.

I can evaluate players when there is competition and that is what I saw today in training.

Character will be a key element for the entire team but I have seen quality players during training.

Players’ reactions after the training session on Friday


Milton Karisa-Vipers SC

The players expect to learn a lot from the new coach. It is natural that when a new coach comes in, he will deliver on new tactics. It has been good session.

Saddam Juma-KCCA FC

We tried to show the coach what we have in stock in terms of talent and skills. I am looking forward to work with the new coach Sebastien.

Muwanga Bernard –SC Villa Jogoo

It was good experience with him on the first day. We can pick up the language easily with what he says. Communication was very good.

Sheif Batte-Bright Stars FC

It was nice to train with the new coach. He is very technical. He told us to believe in ourselves. Let us wait for tomorrow’s session again.

Thomas Ikara-K-Jinja SSS FC

I expect the team to look different because the coach looks good. However we need to work hard to see that we don’t let down our country. An appearance in Morocco for the CHAN Finals is what all players here are dreaming about.

MAIN PHOTO: Uganda Cranes coach pondering the next move of tactics to pass on to his players during training at Maroons Stadium, Luzira on Friday afternoon. 


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