Uganda to retain playing style against Brave Warriors

17 Jan 2018 16:00pm
By Hesron Kapanga
MARRAKECH, 17 JAN (NAMPA) - Sebastien Desabre, the coach of Uganda’s senior national football team, said he is not going to make any drastic changes to his squad which faces Namibia in the African Nations Championship (Chan) on Thursday.
He said this during a media conference held Wednesday at the Marrakech Stadium. The Brave Warriors are in Group B alongside Ivory Coast, Uganda and Zambia.
Uganda is currently bottom of the group on zero points, while Namibia is second on the log, level on three points with group leader Zambia, who beat Uganda 3-1 in their opening match at the competition on Sunday.
The Ugandan national team coach said after their defeat against Zambia, they analysed their game, which helped them in correcting all their mistakes ahead of Thursday’s clash against Namibia.
“We are still positive that we will go through these group stages. I am confident that we will win our remaining two matches so we can reach the quarter-finals,” he said.
Desabre added that his philosophy remains the same as it was against Zambia in their opening match.
“Zambia won because they played a good game and going into the match against Namibia we will do all we can to convert every single opportunity we get on goal. The difference in our upcoming match will be how many goals we score,” Desabre said.
The coach also stated that he might be nursing one or two injuries in his squad, but he has enough players to take them through to the quarter-finals of the competition.
“There is nothing that needs to change in our style of play, all we need is to just increase our penetration and work on our physical aspect which is not yet there,” he said.
The coach added that they had a number of warm-up matches.
“What we are going to try to avoid is doing what we did against Congo, where we ran out of steam because of giving it our all in the first half,” Desabre said.
Speaking at the same event, the Ugandan team’s assistant captain Juma Sadam Ibrahim said they have come up with some tactical moves for Namibia and he is positive of getting a better result on Thursday.
“We let the Zambian loss go because we are now more motivated and looking forward to the game tomorrow against Namibia, where we expect to get the maximum points if we are to remain in this competition,” said Ibrahim.