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Sebastien Desabre says Uganda Cranes first target at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be to get past the group stages.

Desabre was speaking to the media at Kabira Country Club on Monday in a Q&A session with the media organised by Fufa.

The French man admitted all opponents in Group A are tough but his boys are motivated and called upon all stakeholders to push in one direction.

“I have been monitoring all the players both local and international therefore I know their potential,” he said. “I and my boys are more motivated and we shall show that during our first game at AFCON 2019 against DR Congo in Cairo,” he added.

Our first target at AFCON is to go past the group stages. We know the teams, Group A is very difficult, the games will be difficult but we have the mental strength and quality to go out of this group.

Sebastien Desabre

“All stakeholders need to work together in a positive way for the success of the Uganda Cranes.”

The Uganda Cranes preliminary squad begins preparations on Monday at Namboole ahead of the camp in the United Arab Emirates on May 27 from where they play a friendly game against Ivory Coast.


  1. Am from Harare Zimbabwe. Ever since the Afcon draw was done in Cairo we have been following closely comments being made by the Uganda coach. He seems to be the most vocal of all coaches of that group. He even described our loved and trusted warrior’s as the weeping boys for the other 3. As a reminder DRC you fear was in group G along side Zimbabwe, of which our warriors emerged as winners and got 4 points from Congo including a win in Kinshasa had it not that we drew in Harare, we could have won the group with a game to spare. Despite that good record against DRC,we respect them big time &cant afford to take them for grant &they to are aware of us. Egypt made it clear that they will take every game serious despite the fact that we all know what they are capable of doing. As for this guy to make a lot of noise without taking precautions in advance , he must be prepared for war. Every team qualified and non was invited.


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