We are ready for Senegal – Onyango

The Uganda Cranes team captain Denis Onyango has in a reassuring tone said the team is ready to take on Senegal in their Round of 16 fixture at Cairo International Stadium on Friday.

Addressing a pre-match press conference hours after the team called-off their sit down strike, Onyango said that the focus of all the players at the moment is to deliver a positive result.

“The most important thing is the game ahead of us. What happened before, we call it past. We re-opened the engine once again,” Onyango said.

The strike over payments ended at about 10pm – Cairo time when the players left their hotel – the luxurious Radisson Blu Hotel for training at the Arab Contractors Stadium, after the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) succumbed to pressure and agreed to pay each of the players an extra $6,000.

“Considering the magnitude and importance of the event of Uganda Cranes match against the Teranga Lions of Senegal, the interests of the Nation, Government, the Sponsors, and the gallant fans, FUFA has agreed to pay 6,000 USD to each player over and above the agreed terms in the Code of Conduct and that matters of Finances will not be discussed until the end of Uganda cranes participation in the Tournament,” partly reads a statement FUFA released after a crisis meeting at Mengo, Kampala.

National coach, Sebastein Desabre did not want to say much about his players strike.

“We trained after the Tuesday match. On Monday we had a session in the gym. The challenges between the team and federation are family matters. We are back as a team. Discipline is really qualified and doing great efforts. We talked a lot of things on how to work as a team. Hope this was got in a good manner. We are unified and coherent,” Desabre said.