Uganda Cranes coach Sebastian Desabre is determined to improve Uganda Cranes’ past records in this year’s African Cup of Nations tournament.

Upon his team’s arrival in Cairo, Egypt on Monday, Desabre who is also set to debut at this tournament said that he expects to see a good performance from his team.

With three days to the Cranes’ first encounter against Democratic Republic of Congo on 22nd June, Desabre is also looking forward to seeing his side perform better than they did in the previous 2017 AFCON edition.

My ambition is to write a good memory with my team. We did very good things during the camp and the motivation is really high.

We know very well all the teams we are facing and I still believe we are ready for them .Our ambitions are so high. And to win you have to take some risks.

added Desabre

In the 2017 edition, Uganda bowed out of the tournament in the group stages only managing a point against Mali and with defeats to both Egypt and Ghana.

Meanwhile Uganda is in Group A with host country Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zimbabwe.

According to Desabre, having countries like Egypt in the same group might be an advantage because of his past experience in Egypt where he is a former coach to Ismalia club.

As well, he expects less challenge from them as compared to DR Congo and Zimbabwe but he warns that his side shouldn’t dwell on that.

Of course people think I have an advantage having trained some of the players on the Egypt team, but I will not have much hope on that, it all has to be on the pitch.

The most vital game for us is the game with Congo. Our first game can determine our fate. We must win the Congo game so that we play the rest with less pressure.

said Desabre

Furthermore, Sebastian Desabre hinted on his tactics ahead of the Cranes’ group opener against Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday afternoon.

I have told my boys to play with confidence and take some risks while attacking. To win you must score which comes with taking risks.

he asserted

After Saturday’s clash with DRC, Uganda will play Zimbabwe on 26th June before facing the host team Egypt on 30th June.

By John Dalton Kigozi