Sebastian Desabre Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Uganda Cranes’ group stage matches at CHAN 2018:

  • Sunday, 14th January 2018: Zambia 3-1 Uganda
  • Thursday, 18th January 2018: Uganda Vs Namibia – Marrakech
  • Monday, 22nd January 2018: Uganda Vs Cote D’Ivoire – Marrakech
[/media-credit] L-R: Fred Kajoba (Goalkeeping coach), Mathias Lule (Assistant coach) and Louis Serge Sebastien Desabre Credit: FUFA Media

Uganda Cranes newly appointed head coach Louis Serge Sebestien Desabre believes the team will come good in the next two matches after the 3-1 loss to Zambia at the 2018 Championship of African Nations tournament in Morocco.

We have two more games left and I will try to improve the physical aspect of our play.

I’m still discovering my players after taking charge 10 days ago. It is always difficult to start with a competition of this magnitude.

Zambia Chipolopolo Stars registered a comprehensive 3-1 group B victory on Sunday in Marrakech.

The Zambians took the lead through Lazarous Kambole in the 38th minute.

KCCA striker Derrick Nsibambi replied quickly two minutes later with a spectacular half volley that found the Zambian goalie Toaster Nsabata napping.

Augustine Mulenga restored Zambia’s lead on 63 minutes and Fackson Kapumbu’s 71st minute goal gave the Central Africans a deserved win.

Desabre commended the players for the great start into the game for the first half but ruined the missed goal scoring opportunities;

We had a good start and had a chance to open the scores early in the game.

The first half was 50-50. It is disappointing we had a lot of chances, but couldn’t convert. It was an open game and Zambia played fast attacking game and my team controlled.

Poor second half show and goalkeeper’s mistake:

The Frenchman acknowledged his team’s second half poor show and the mistake by goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan which buried off the game.

The second half was difficult for my players physically in the opening 25 minutes. Then we conceded and the third goal was as a result of a mistake by our goalkeeper (Benjamin Ochan). We showed quality and good organization.

It was a nice goal from Derrick Nsibambi; unfortunately it was not decisive.

As the game progressed Desabre called for a couple of amendments to the team.

KCCA striker Muhammad Shaban replaced midfielder Ibrahim Sadam Juma after 70 minutes.

Midfielder Muzamiru Mutyaba paved way for fellow midfielder with a quarter of an hour left to play and striker Nelson Senkantuka replaced Allan Kyambadde inside the final ten minutes.

Next Matches:

Uganda returns to action this Thursday, 18th January 2018 to face Namibia Brave Warriors in Marrakech.

Namibia required a last gasp winner in their 1-0 slim victory against West Africans Cote D’Ivoire.

Rura Magic Football Club defender Charles Hambira scored was well positioned to head home a Riaan Hanamub free-kick in the 91st minute of the high tempo game.

The final group B matches will both be played on 22nd January 2018.

Uganda will host Cote D’Ivoire in Marrakech as Zambia takes on Namibia at the Complexe Muhammed V Stadium in Casablanca.

Uganda is playing at CHAN for the fourth time in a row but has never progressed past the group stages.

Uganda Cranes XI Vs Zambia:

Benjamin Ochan (GK), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Timothy Denis Awany, Bernard Muwanga, Tadeo Lwanga, Milton Karisa, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Allan Kyambadde, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Derrick Nsibambi


70’ Shaban Muhammad On, Ibrahim Sadam Juma Off

75′ Moses Waiswa Ndhondhi On, Muzamiru Mutyaba Off

80’ Nelson Senkatuka On, Allan Kyambadde Off

Subs Not Used:

Keni Saidi (G.K), Isma Watenga (G.K), Abubakar Kasule, Joseph Nsubuga, Musitafa Mujuzi, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Aggrey Madoi, Paul Mucureezi

Head coach: Louis Serge Sebestien Desabre (France)

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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  1. FUFA bungled this one.
    The team needs fresh legs after playing major tournaments so close to CHAN.

    This is the reason AFCON was moved from even years so that African teams do not have to play two major cups in a World Cup year and also have coaching changes so close to the World Cup.

    Apparently FUFA, didn’t get the memo on team management (though they get a pass for the coaching change).

    The team is in transition too but the goal keeping errors need to be addressed. Fred Kajoba should step up and explain what is going on.

  2. What went wrong, the boys played well in first half? OOOPS second half was a wierd oh my God the goal keeper ochan and his defence what the hell. if we are to go on like this i see trouble.

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