- AFCON 2019 Qualifiers (Group L)
- Tanzania Taifa Stars 3-0 Uganda Cranes
- Cape Verde 0-0 Lesotho
Uganda Cranes was humiliated, torn apart, humbled, silenced as well as shocked by the 3-0 loss to Tanzania at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
A low drive by Difaa Jedida forward Saimon Msuva, a calmly converted penalty by Yanga’s Edward Erasto Nyoni and a brilliant header by Azam’s Aggrey Morris were the three goals that dumped Uganda.
This was the first loss for Uganda Cranes in the qualification campaign, with the only goals conceded as well in six matches.
Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre expressed disappointment in the performance and the final result.
I am totally disappointed with the performance and final result. We maximum display in the game but lost terribly. Since we had qualified, we played with some players who had not been used before and this was the opportunity to assess the new players. Also, we rested players with yellow cards like Aucho Khalid and Murushid Jjuuko and we could not risk to play them since we needed our full strength team during the first game of the AFCON finals in Egypt.Sebastien Desabre, Uganda Cranes Head Coach
Desabre kick started the game with unfamiliar faces, giving Ethiopian based utility player Kirizestom Ntambi his first senior debut.
Ntambi partnered KCCA’s Denis Timothy Awany in central defence with trust vested in Henry Patrick Kaddu to lead the lead alongside the flank players Allan Kyambadde (left) and Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (right).
Tadeo Lwanga was deployed in central midfield as the blocking shield ahead of Aucho Khalid.
Croatian based Faruku Miya and Vipers’ stylish midfielder Moses Waiswa provided the other offensive options.
In the second half, all the three changes were executed.
Milton Karisa, Muhammed Shaban and Edrisa Lubega were introduced for Emmanuel Okwi, Allan Kyambadde and Patrick Henry Kaddu respectively.
The French coach will however quickly return to the famous drawing board less than three months to assemble a good side that will not only make the numbers at AFCON 2019 finals but also favourably.
Despite the huge step back in the last match, Uganda Cranes ended the qualification campaign aloft of group L with 13 points.
Tanzania is the other qualified country with 8 points.
Meanwhile, Lesotho and Cape Verde (both bowed out) with 5 and 6 points respectively.