Desabre Calls On Cranes Players To Stay Calm during AFCON
Desabre Calls On Cranes Players To Stay Calm during AFCON

The Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has called on his players to remain calm after their 2-0 win against DR Congo in their Africa Cup of Nations opening game on Saturday.

Goals from Patrick Kaddu and Emmanuel Okwi handed the African underdogs a surprise win over the Leopards to grab their first win after 41 years.

Uganda had last won in 1978 when they beat Nigeria in the semi-finals and finished runners-up to hosts Ghana.

However, Desabre was adamant that his side didn’t surprise anyone but rather they had a good qualifying campaign and nothing exceptional was attached to it.

“We had a good qualifying campaign, so it’s not a surprise. Well, we did nothing exceptional,” Desabre said after the game.

“We just won our first match, we have to win more to be able to progress. Our objective is to qualify from the Group stage,” he added.

With Uganda more determined to take on Zimbabwe on 26th June and Egypt on 30th June for their last group games, the Frenchman has warned his boys against over-excitement.

“We know that we need a minimum of four points to reach the next round. We only have three points now and the players know that” Desabre added.

Meanwhile, Desabre also mentioned that his side will find difficulty in collecting points against Zimbabwe and Egypt as he regards them as harder opponents as compared to DR Congo.

“To claim a point against Zimbabwe and against Egypt won’t be easy because the opponents are not easy sides,” said Desabre.

“The players did very well against Zimbabwe, they were motivated even before the game and showed that they have quality. I am happy for them. They have been working for a long time,” he noted.

Cranes are now on the top of Group A with three points ahead of hosts Egypt who defeated Zimbabwe 1-0.

By John Dalton Kigozi