One of the key factors of winning in sports is the ability to understand your opponents, very well. From their players’ abilities, tactical ability of the bench to style of play.
Before Uganda Cranes enter their second game of the AFCON against Zimbabwe, head coach Sebastian Desabre will or has already sat with his captain Denis Onyango to get a better understanding of their opponents.
During his decade-long spell in South Africa, the gangly shot-stopper has faced or played in the same team with the cream of Zimbabwean players who ply their trade there. Of their 23 players, 13 play in the
premier Soccer League.
“We are playing against a very good team and to be honest and I know 90% of their players and they are very good as we saw them against Egypt,” Onyango revealed before adding that “They have some very good players that I know very well and that’s good for us.”
Onyango cautious Uganda Cranes won their first group game 2-0 while the Warriors lost 1-0 to Egypt.
The marginal loss against record title holders and in front of a hostile crowd means that the Warriors put up a strong challenge and cannot be underrated. Onyango understands that.
“They lost their first game and we won ours but that doesn’t count; we have to take every opponent seriously. We watched their game and they played well though they lost. We don’t want to overlook that because we are taking the match very serious so as to enter our last game knowing our fate.
“Our target is to go through and we just think of the next game. We want to get maximum points and fight very hard to get the result we need.”