Uganda doesn’t play their opening of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations until June 22nd, that’s when Egypt would have played Zimbabwe in the opening game a day earlier.
But the coach Sebastien Desabre and captain Denis Onyango held their press conference on Wednesday at Cairo International Stadium and it’s from here that revealed how a collective effort will see them through.
“The Uganda Cranes team is ready to compete at the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt. The players are ready to give the maximum,” Desabre said before adding.
“We have good organization, cohesion, and quality in the team basing on values of working together. Each player has a task to play together. As a complete unit, we shall achieve a lot.”
The spirit is good enough. We camped in Abu Dhabi to get used to the weather here in Egypt. The weather was not good for us in the first week but we later acclimatized to it,” he added.
Winning the championship is not the ultimate target for Cranes but again getting out of the group stages is the bare minimum Uganda expects from Onyango and company.
“To get as far as we can, we need to get the best use of the team quality. We have camped for a long time in Abu Dhabi and virtually all the players know each other well.”
“You cannot win a game when you are playing individual football. Against DR Congo, we need that first victory because it always pushes us further. Our goal is to go past the group stages,” Onyango noted.
Uganda Cranes camped in Abu Dhabi for over two-three weeks before heading to Egypt meaning the greatest joint of togetherness has already been achieved off the pitch.