AFCON 2019: Cranes finally play the Desabre way

By Football256 Team

Goals from Patrick Kaddu and Emmanuel Okwi in both halves gave Uganda Cranes a 2-0 intense win against DR Congo in their opening game at the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo International Stadium in Egypt.

Both goals came from set-pieces as Kaddu headed home a 14th-minute corner before Okwi got a touch onto a free-kick in the early stages of first half.

Uganda Cranes were more connected and played like a team in the entire game whereby each department was on the peak of their game.

The 1978 finalists played a transitional game consisting of passing the ball, movement and general teamwork as their coach Sebastien Desabre always encourage them to play.

Michael Azira and Khalid Aucho in the middle of the field shielded the back four well and they were also fundamental in commanding attacks.

On the wings were Abdul Lumala and Emmanuel Okwi who made DR Congo’s defense unsettled throughout the game.

Due to the fact that both goals were from set pieces, it’s a clear indication that Uganda is mastering the art of utilizing set pieces.
This wasn’t the case before the coming of Desabre who changed the team’s entire playing style.

The win has ended a 41-year wait for an Africa Cup of Nations victory for Uganda, they last won at the showcase of in March 1978, defeating Nigeria in a semi-final before losing the title decider to hosts Ghana.

Uganda is now on the top of group A table, ahead of host nation Egypt on goal difference, both teams have three points from one game played.

Cranes’ next game will be against Zimbabwe on Wednesday June 26th where they are looking for maximum points from this game in order to confirm with their qualification to the knockout stage.

The six group winners and runners-up are guaranteed of round-of-16 places and will be joined by the best four third-place sides in a tournament that expanded to 24 teams from 16 this year.

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