Uganda Cranes kicked off their preparations for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations with the head coach Sebastian Desabre having a media session with the media on Monday morning at Kabira Country Club in Kampala.
The Frenchman answered questions, predominantly regarding the team’s readiness and his choice for players to be part of the AFCON team since most of the senior players have been inactive for some time.
“We have put methodologies for the players and we are following them because we gave them a program from our fitness coach every day and we are following them,” Desabre said.
“We have a fitness software that we are using to monitor the players depending on the training programs we gave them, and it gives us feedback. We monitor their fitness progress, they will be ready by AFCON.”
As Uganda Cranes are preparing for the forthcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt slated for June 21st to July 19th in Egypt. Desabres’ first priority with the 1978 AFCON finalists is to make it to the knockout stage.
“I and my boys are more motivated and we shall show that during our first game at the tournament against DR Congo in Cairo.”
“Our first target at AFCON is to go past the group stages. I have been monitoring all the players both local and international therefore I know their potential,” he added.
Uganda is grouped in Group A alongside hosts Egypt, Zimbabwe and DR Congo, teams Desabre revealed are tough opponents but opponents they know very well.
“We know the teams, Group A is very difficult, the games will be difficult but we have the mental strength and quality go out of this group.”
“We follow these teams, we work step by step to start with Congo, I know Congo because Worked there so is Egypt because I was there, Zimbabwe is a good attacking team but the moment is to think for our team,” Desabre noted.
Cranes will leave Uganda on May 27th for a three weeks camp in Abu Dhabi before going to Egypt ahead of their June 22nd AFCON opener against DR Congo.
But before their departure from the UAE, the Cranes will play a friendly game against Ivory Coast on June 15th.
Uganda Cranes is looking forward to reach knockout stage of the AFCON since 1978 when they were beaten at the finals by hosts Ghana.
However, it should be noted that they had to break a 39-year-old jinx and qualify for the tournament 2017 tournament after being absent since 1978, in 2017 they were unable to make it to the knockout stage.