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PICTORIAL: Sebastien Desabre clocks one year as Uganda Cranes head coach

Three hundred and sixty five days is no mean feat in any ordinary life. A lot happens in between that period with broad smiles, grey areas and challenges as well.

For Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre, he is celebrating a year in office today for such a demanding albeit prestigious job in Ugandan football.

The highlight of his tenure thus far as Uganda Cranes head coach is securing the slot to the Total AFCON 2019 tournament, unbeaten with a mean defence (no goal conceded in five games) and Uganda Cranes making the final three team short list for the CAF National team of the year 2018 alongside Mauritania and Madagascar.

www.fufa.co.ug congratulates the Frenchman currently on holiday in France as well as tracks back his entire journey from 28th December 2017 thus far in a captivating colourful pictorial:

Sebastien Desabre is greeted by the Minister of Sports and Education Hon. Janet Museveni at Rwakitura
First radio Interview in Uganda: Coach Desabre in the studios of 102.1 FUFA fm after he was unveiled on 28th December 2017
First ever Press conference to unveil his plans: L-R: Ahmed Hussein (FUFA Communications Manager), FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, Sebastien Desabre and FUFA CEO Edgar Watson during a press conference at FUFA House in Mengo.
Desabre meets his assistant Mathias Lule on the day he was unveiled as head coach at Namboole stadium outer pitch.
The unveiling of the new coach drew a mammoth crowd of journalists from the different media houses
The FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo with the Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre at the country home of President Museveni in Rwakitura
Sebastien Desabre with his luggage at Entebbe International Airport prior an international duel as the Cranea flew out to Morocco for CHAN Finals
Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre during the post match press conference at the CHAN 2018 tournament in Morocco
Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre in Morocco during CHAN Finals in the team’s dressing room. Smartness is part of his menu.
Uganda Cranes head coach Sebestien Desabre talks to former Vipers SC head coach Miguel Da Costa during the FUFA UPL Symposium at Serene Suites
Desabre during a training session in Morocco
Sebastien Desabre smiles during the press conference held at the 2018 TOTAL CHAN Tournament in Morocco
L-R: Sebastien Desabre, assistant Mathias Lule, stand-in goalkeeping coach Sadiq Wassa and trainer Gerome D’Antonio prior to the match against Malawi during an international friendly match at Namboole.
Sebastien Desabre gives instructions to the players during training at Namboole Stadium
L-R: Former KCCA Chairperson Julius Kabugo, FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo and Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre celebrate KCCA FC’s CAF Champions League victory at the Star Times Stadium, Lugogo
Uganda Cranes captain on the day Hassan Wasswa Mawanda with the head coach Sebestien Desabre during the post match press conference after an international build up match in Niger
FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo greets Sebastien Desabre during the pre-match
Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre addresses the media at the FUFA UPL Symposium
Do it this way: Desabre with Emmanuel Okwi
Desabre is always involved during the drills
Sebastien Desabre (M) with his assistant Matia Lule and support staff Saidi Lugolobi before the training session in Niger on Tuesday 29th May 2018.

Uganda Cranes with Desabre as Head coach since December 2017

  • 17th November 2018: Uganda Cranes 1-0 Cape Verde (Group L AFCON 2019 Qualifier)
  • 16th October 2018: Lesotho Likuena 0-2 Uganda Cranes (Group L AFCON 2019 qualifier)
  • 13th October 2018: Uganda Cranes 3-0 Lesotho Likuena (Group L AFCON 2019 Qualifier)
  • 8th September 2018: Uganda Cranes 0-0 Tanzania Taifa Stars (Group L AFCON 2019 Qualifier)
  • 2nd June 2018: Niger 2-1 Uganda Cranes (International Friendly)
  • 30th May 2018: Central African Republic 1-0 Uganda (International Friendly)
  • 27th March 2018: Uganda Cranes 0-0 Malawi (International Friendly)
  • 24th March 2018: Uganda Cranes 3-1 Sao Tome and Principe (International Friendly)
  • 22nd January 2018: Uganda Cranes 0-0 Ivory Coast (CHAN 2018)
  • 18th January 2018: Uganda Cranes 0-1 Namibia (CHAN 2018)
  • 14th January 2018: Zambia 3-1 Uganda (CHAN 2018)
  • 10th January 2018: Uganda Cranes 0-1 Congo (International Friendly)
  • 6th January 2018: Uganda Cranes 1-1 Guinea (International Friendly)
Striker Nelson Senkatuka attempts to dribble past head coach Sebastien Desabre in training while in Morocco
Desabre talks to Allan Kateregga and defender Murushid Jjuuko
Noel Nasasira (left) recieves his FUFA Big League accolade from Desabre at the Airtel FUFA Awards 2018
Always keen: Coach Desabre watches over training
Head coach Sebastien Desabre in the new team officials’ attire
Head coach Sebastien Desabre (in black holding the ball) issues instructions during the team’s training at Namboole Stadium
Head coach Desabre poses for a group photo with aspiring young players during Uganda Cranes national regional tours in Bugiri Eastern Uganda
Desabre keenly looks on as Faruku Miya dribbles during the Cape Verde match at Namboole
Memorable Moment: Uganda Cranes players carry aloft the coach after sealing the Total AFCON 2019 slot at Namboole Stadium
The coach enjoys a light moment with school children during a Uganda Cranes regional tour
Uganda Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre issuing instructions during training at Lugogo
The coach is joined by the Uganda Cranes players to applaud the fans after sealing the ticket to the 2019 AFCON Finals.
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