It is often said that experience is the best teacher. But what happens when one has no experience but is required to perform at the highest level.
Such is the situation that Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastian Desabre finds himself in as he tosses himself for his first experience with the national team at Africa’s premier football competition – The Africa Cup of Nations.
Uganda start their campaign against DR Congo on Saturday; an opponent who has appeared at the grand stage 19 times.
Their head coach Florent Ibenge is ranked up among the best from the continent having guided the team to a third place in 2015 and quarterfinals in 2017.
On the other bench, Desabre will be stepping out of an AFCON dugout for the first time.
Despite the inexperience, the coach expects to lean on his experienced boys like Denis Ontango, Joseph Ochaya, Godfrey walusimbi and Hassan Waswa to patch up the gap.
“It’s my first AFCON but I was Uganda coach before in CHAN 2018 in Morocco and we also played big matches like the World Cup qualifications,” he said before adding that, “I will depend on the experienced players.”
The Frenchman played the fair-play card by respecting their Saturday opponent who has two championships on their collar.
“We respect DR Congo, a team that has many good players. It’s a difficult group and we have our chances despite that. Our objective is to go pass the group stage.”