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Skipper Bernard Muwanga (L) and Uganda Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre during the official press conference
With a few hours left to the kick off the Group B match between familiar foes in football Zambia and Uganda, expectations are high in cmap according to the Cranes skipper Bernard Muwanga.
During the official press conference held at the Grand Stade Marrakech, the SC Villa Jogoo skipper said that he is ready to lead his fellow players at the tournament.
‘I know what is expected of us in this tournament. I will use experience gained from the several games I have played at the senior level to guide my teammates’ said Muwanga a former Captain of Bright Stars FC who helped the Kawempe based side join the top flight in the Uganda Premier League in 2013.
Muwanga led his players during the final training session conducted at the outer pitch of the main stadium. Ugandan fans, football Delegates, MPs, and NCS administrators attended the training session also watched y FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo.
Sebastien Desabre-my boys are 100% ready
I have been with the team for the last ten days following my appointment as Head coach of Uganda Cranes. Uganda has a lot of potential and we shall work as a team to improve the levels of the national team.
Our opening game is very important. Zambia is a good side and we are ready to face them. It is 50-50 for either side. Our target is to win the first game.
Uganda has failed to go past the group stage in the three previous editions in (2011, 2014, and 2016) but our first objective is to do better by reaching the knockout stage.
The second objective is to evaluate the players for the upcoming qualifiers of the Africa Cup of Nations to be played in September and October against Tanzania and Lesotho.
Goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba in red top with three keepers L-R Benjamin Ochan, Watenga Ismail and Said Keni during training on Saturday evening