Despite being knocked out of the 2019 COSAFA Cup without a single win, Uganda Cranes coach Abdallah Mubiru believes the tournament has prepared the team for the 2020 Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers.
Uganda Cranes lost 3-2 in penalties to Lesotho at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament after a goalless stalemate in normal time on Saturday June1st, 2019.
The loss meant that Cranes had to play in the COSAFA Plate semifinals, they again lost 4-2 to hosts South Africa on Penalties after a 1-1 draw in regular time on Tuesday June 4th.
“We can now comfortably say that we have a team that we can start with in preparation for CHAN,” Mubiru said upon his arrival from South Africa.
The Police FC tactician asserts that the players are now well conversant with his possession-oriented style of play something official cranes coach Sebastien Desabre also fancies.
“We have already introduced ourselves to a style of play whereby players are willing to use the ball much as at times we could have problems but still it’s still in players’ minds that they have to use the ball.”
“The only weakness is in the way we manage the final third, players need to manage the final third with purpose, good decision making and with higher intensity,” he added.
The team was largely comprised of locally based players apart from Daniel Isiagi who plies his trade in Egypt.
The batch from COSAFA and the locally based players in Abu Dhabi preparing for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations will form the team that will play in the CHAN Qualifiers.