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TOTAL AFCON Egypt 2019: Desabre, vice captain Mawanda promise spirited display against hosts Egypt

TOTAL AFCON Egypt 2019 Finals:

Sunday, 30th June (Group A):

Uganda Vs Egypt (At the Cairo International Stadium, Cairo)

Kick off Time: 9 PM Local Time (10 PM in Uganda)

*Live on 102.1 FUFA f.m and All official FUFA social media plat forms


In preparation for the final one of the two final group A match, the Uganda Cranes and Egypt head coaches as well as the player leaders have addressed the media at the Cairo International Stadium during the official pre-match press conferences.

Uganda was ably represented by a three man delegation – Head coach Sebastien Desabre, vice captain Hassan Wasswa Mawanda and the FUFA Communications manager, Ahmed Hussein.

Desabre and Mawanda addressed the keen media and expressed their readiness for the game that will be staged at Cairo International Stadium on Sunday night, kicking off at 10 PM, East African time.

The head coach looked relaxed and disclosed to the media that his charges are ready to face Egypt.

In particular, he cited Uganda Cranes’ gradual improvement over the years as a basis of hope for a better performance against the hosts who will play behind a very big crowd.

In his submission, Mawanda promised to share with the teammates the experience of playing in Egypt and the determination that the players have to seal a round of 16 berth.

The hosts Egypt have already qualified to the round of 16 have secured 6 points from their two victories (2-0 apiece against Zimbabwe and DR Congo).

Uganda Cranes has four points, Zimbabwe (one) and none for DR Congo.

Meanwhile, DR Congo will take on Zimbabwe at the 30th June Stadium, Cairo during the same time as the Uganda – Egypt game.

Sebastien Desabre, Uganda Cranes head coach


‘This will be like another game. It is a good chance to be here. This is a good opportunity to continue with the work that we started with against DR Congo and Zimbabwe. I know it will be a difficult game for us but we ready to face the challenge.  We shall play to win. We love challenges. The first game with DR Congo was physical. In the second game, it remained as open as possible just like Kenya versus Tanzania which was a typical true African game full of attacking. I am confident about my players tomorrow against Egypt. They are very motivated. It is possible to beat them. We shall give the maximum against Egypt. The team has kept improving step by step’ said Sebastien Desabre.

Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Vice Captain Uganda Cranes

‘We are not focusing on individual players. We are focused to take on the Egypt team, not individuals. They can also make mistakes. We are concentrating on our last game to qualify to the round of 16. My experience of playing in Egypt will also count for something. I have told my fellow players on how to approach them. We are taking one game at a time and now eyeing the Egypt game. We have had no problems with the weather conditions in Egypt because the team had a training camp in Abu Dhabi. It is a good challenge for us coming to this particular game and we shall give our best’ noted Hassan Wasswa Mawanda.

L-R: Ahmed Hussein (FUFA Communications manager), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Vice Captain Uganda Cranes) and Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre pose for a group photo after the pre-match press conference at Cairo International Stadium on Saturday
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