AFCON 2019: Desabre tips Cranes players to stay calm after Congo’s win

By Football256 Team

The Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre advised his charges not to get over excited after their 2-0 win against DR Congo in their Africa Cup of Nations opening game on Saturday.

Desabre led the Cranes to their first Africa Cup of Nations finals 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.

Patrick Kaddu and Emmanuel Okwi scored the two historical goals to hand the East African nation a surprise win over The Leopards as Cranes entered this game as the underdogs.

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

Kampala Capital City Authority striker Patrick Kaddu scored his second goal in seven appearances for Uganda

“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.

Uganda Cranes will lock horns with Zimbabwe in their second game on Wednesday June 26th and the Frenchman has warned his charges against over excitement.

“We have to work harder because there are two big games ahead, Zimbabwe and Egypt. We have our plans.” 

“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,” he noted.

Farouk Miya (R) assisted Uganda’s goals in the 2-9 win over DR Congo / Courtesy Image

However, Desabre knows that his side will find it difficult to collect points from their remaining two games as fixtures against Zimbabwe and Egypt looks more difficult compared to DR Congo.

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

“The players did very well (against Congo) 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 by a solitary goal on Friday night.

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