Desabre: Ugandan football has changed for the better

Upbeat about Uganda’s progress to the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cairo, Egypt, the Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre looks forward to rewriting the history of Ugandan football at the continental tourney.

The Cranes lost 0:2 to hosts Egypt in the final Group A match played on Sunday at Cairo International Stadium but qualified to the round of 16 after Zimbabwe suffered a humiliating 4:0 defeat at the hand of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the second Group A fixture played at June 30 stadium in Cairo.

Desabre is happy that he met his employer’s – Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) target of going past the group stages.

“The target by the federation was to qualify from the group stages, now that this has been achieved, we want to stay longer and enjoy the rest of the tournament. I am happy with my players, Ugandan football has changed a lot in the last few years; there has been progress with Ugandan football,” the Frenchman said.

He is however concerned that his players are not sharp enough in front of goal an area that he says needs to be improved as they move to the knock out stage.

He has also gave an update on the team captain, Dennis Onyango’s health whom he said is not injured.

“Dennis Onyango is doing well. He never got injured. He has been down with flu for the last two days but he is very okay,” Desabre said.

Onyango was wheeled off the pitch in the 72nd minute of the match and was replaced by Robert Odongkara.