Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre knows his side’s meeting with seven time African champions Egypt on June 30th is one they must give a good account of themselves.
The Pharaohs have more than one player who can cause trouble but the Frenchman has his mind stuck around on how to stop Mohammad Salah.
“We should have a plan of stopping Salah in our match,” Desabre told Egyptian publication www.kingfut.com.
“I know the Egyptian team well, especially Mohamed Salah, he is one of the players with wonderful individual skills and has the ability to be ranked among the best players in the world at the moment,” he added.
Uganda Cranes who are in final preparations for the June 20th to July 21st tournament were pooled in the tough Group A alongside hosts Egypt, DR Congo and Zimbabwe.
“Playing against Egypt is a very wonderful moment because it is the host country and the presence of the fans is great in their game.”
“I know Egypt well and the atmosphere there, I worked before in Ismaily and this will give me a chance to adapt.”
“My players will place strong pressure on them, and we will try to snatch the points in the first two matches before the last match against them,” he added.
The Cranes are currently camping in Abu Dhabi, where they will play Turkmenistan and Ivory Coast on June 9th and 15th respectively before heading to Egypt on June 17.
The Cranes start their AFCON campaign against DRC Congo June 22 in Cairo, then face Zimbabwe on June 26th before wrapping up the group against Egypt on June 30th.
The Squad in Abu Dhabi
Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara ( Adama City – Ethiopia)
Defenders: Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England), Isaac Muleme (FK Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Godfrey Walsumbi
Midfielders: William Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazahstan), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Kirizestom Ntambi- Coffee FC, Ethiopia), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), Lumala Abdul (Syrianska FC, Sweden), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC-Uganda)
Strikers: Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United, Sweden), Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda), Emmanuel Okwi (Simba SC – Tanzania)