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Sebastien Desabre: Uganda Cranes need to finish the AFCON 2019 qualification on a strong note

Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre looks at the last AFCON 2019 qualification match as a do or die affair.

Desabre addressed the media during the official press conference at the Star Times Stadium, Lugogo in Kampala on the third day of the team’s non residential training.

Flanked by the FUFA communications manager, Ahmed Hussein, Desabre assured the media upon the essence and significance of the match against Tanzania.

The players engaged in a match situation during training at the Star Times Stadium, Lugogo

We need to finish the AFCON 2019 qualification on a strong note and finish very well in Tanzania. We are going for maximum points. It is a good opportunity to play in Tanzania. Tanzania will be under pressure, stadium will be full.We have two targets at the same time. AFCON last group qualifier and the CHAN 2020 Preparation. We have so far trained for three days. On Saturday, we have a trial match against Kampala Select. After Saturday, the team will travel to Ismaily in Egypt for training camp. I thank the Federation led by Eng. Moses Magogo for the training camp opportunity where the players will gel together as I continue to monitor them. This is also early preparations for the Uganda Cranes team well ahead of AFCON 2019 tournament.  This will also be a moment for me to assess new players on the team with Christzom Ntambi, Shaban Muhammed, Robert Odongkara and others. We plan a friendly match against a league one club next Wednesday in Egypt’ Sebastien Desabre noted.

Ahmed Hussein (left) with the Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre at Lugogo

They were joined the Vipers players Moses Waiswa, Tadeo Lwanga, Halid Lwaliwa and Dan Sserunkuma as well as Express’ Michael Birungi as well as Bright Anukani of Proline.

Mbarara City’s Ivan Eyam did not train with the rest of the players because he traveled for the club’s home Star Times Uganda Premier League engagement against newly promoted Ndejje University at Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara.

Defender Timothy Awany and midfielder Ibrahim Sadam Juma vie for the ball during training
Uganda Cranes players in a team bonding session

After the Uganda Cranes play a test match against Kampala regional select, a pool of 9 players will be selected to join the 15 foreign based legion in Egypt for the training camp.

Brian Majwega takes on KCCA’s Fillbert Obenchan during the session
L-R: Charles Lukwago, James Alitho, Nicholas Ssebwato and Saidi Keni  in training
Assistant coach Mathias Lule (left) joined the head coach Desabre in the one and a half session on Thursday

On Wednesday, the national team marked the third day of non-residential training at Lugogo.

The team training resumes on Thursday morning starting by 9 AM at Lugogo.

MAIN PHOTO: Sebastien Desabre gestures as he addresses the media at Lugogo on Wednesday.

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