AFCON 2019: Desabre, Aucho, Walusimbi ready for anyone at the Round of 16

By Clive Kyazze

The most important thing for Uganda at the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations was to qualify for the round of 16, that’s according to coach Sebastien Desabre, midfielder Khalid Aucho and defender Godfrey Walusimbi.

Despite losing 2-0 to Egypt on Sunday at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday, Cranes qualified with four points after the 2-0 win over DR Congo and one all draw with Zimbabwe.

Of course, the result was helped by DR Congo’s 4-0 drubbing of Zimbabwe in the other game of the group as the Cranes wait who finishes second in Group C between Senegal and Kenya.

Both on three points, the two faceoffs on Monday at the June 30th Stadium as Algeria will be hoping to top the Group in the other fixture against already eliminated Tanzania.

Cranes’ coach Sebastien Desabre (M) follows events of the 2-0 loss against Egypt, on the tight is Emmanuel Okwi, he led the line the Uganda in the absence of Patrick Kaddu / Bata Images

“We don’t care who we are playing in the next round, whether it’s Kenya or Senegal. It is a knockout game and we have to do our best to win the game,” Desabre said in the post-match press conference.

Aucho who limped off after sustaining pain in the knee didn’t differ from his coach ahead of the Friday fixture with a quarterfinal slot in sight.

“We can’t decide our own opponent; we are not the organizers but we are ready to face anyone we are drawn against at this stage,” said the former Gor Mahia player.

Defender Godfrey Walusimbi is not bothered by who they face at the round of 16 at the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations / Bata Images

Walusimbi is one of the few who has played all three games for Uganda, the player with the most caps just wants to see the Cranes go as far as they can.

“To get to the next stage you must face wants in front of you, that’s how the knockout stage works, we just have to prepare well for whoever we are drawn against,” he added.

This is the first time in 41 years that Uganda will be playing at the knockout stage of the competition and will be hoping to replicate the 1978 form that saw them go all the way to the final.

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