Sebastien Desabre Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has revealed that most players in the country are technically good but wanting on the physical aspect.

[/media-credit] L-R: Moses Magogo (FUFA President), Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre and FUFA CEO, Edgar Watson at FUFA House, Mengo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The 41 year old Frenchman was addressing the media at FUFA House on Wednesday in his second press conference at the home of football in the country since taking over the national team job on 28th December 2017;

I observed at the CHAN 2018 tournament in Morocco that most of our players are good technically but still lacking on the physical aspect of the game.

When i took over the job, it was a short notice as we left for the tournament. We had two international friendly matches and played three group matches.

For the first half, the players were good but struggled as the games progressed. We need special physical training.

Desabre, who returned from holiday in France on Sunday has volunteered to assist local clubs with the physical development of the players.

[/media-credit] Sebastien Desabre addressing the media at FUFA House in Mengo, Kampala on Wednesday Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

He also revealed to better the working relationships with the respective local clubs in the league.

On Tuesday, i watched Vipers versus Onduparaka at Kitende.

I saw some two players in Onduparaka who did not get a chance to be called for the CHAN team. I will continue to monitor the players in all the clubs.

I want to improve the relationship and interaction with the clubs  towards the development of local football.

[/media-credit] Moses Magogo with a smiling Sebastien Desabre during the press conference Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

International friendlies and training camps

Desabre also revealed that he has already shared with FUFA the entire programes that accommodates having regular training sessions and international friendly matches;

I have already talked about the regularity of friendlies and re-groupings in order to create a real synergy between the players and to set up principles of the games.

Uganda Cranes has already booked the month of March for an international friendly match.

The FUFA President, Moses Magogo confirmed Government has already released the money for the international friendly match in March 2018.

“We are grateful to the Government that the money to prepare for the March international friendly match has been released by Government. This is part of the Shs. 3.4 billion on the supplementary budget. On this money, the Uganda Cranes monthly stipends will be paid up to June” Magogo said.

The French coach will watch KCCA take on Sports Club Villa Jogoo at Lugogo on Thursday.

Desabre’s detailed Programme from U-20 to senior team:

  • Strengthening the National Team A (Locally based players, Players abroad, Binational players, Statistics software, March Friendly match, May training camp, AFCON 2019 qualifiers)
  • Developing a strong U-23 Team (Establish list of 40 local players, find new players, regular camps for U-23, Specific training sessions, friendly games, Olympic Tokyo 2020 qualifiers)
  • Establishing a strong U-20 (Setting up a list of 40 local players, find new players, regular camps, Specific sessions, Friendly games, World Cup U-20 2019 qualifiers)

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

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  1. This is the right man for the job!

    Everything outlined in his plans is spot on.
    These are easy things to spot and plan for but implementation is the key.

    I would even add more but that is for another time.

  2. His ideas are very good, but i doubt if they can work in a corrupt Uganda, lets not only get carried away by his words only, but watch space.

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