Uganda Cranes failed to win a match as they returned to the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon 2017 after a 38 year hiatus.
The team has managed to seal a back-to-back qualification and will be part of the newly-expanded 24-team version that kicks off Friday in Cairo, Egypt.
They have been pooled in group A alongside pre-tournament favourites Egypt, perennial contenders DR Congo and Zimbabwe.
However tough the group looks on paper, the team’s gaffer Sebastian Desabre has set a target to reach the knock out stages.
He has warned the opponents that the team is in Egypt to compete and not merely participate like it was in the previous edition.
“The Uganda Cranes team is ready to compete at the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt,” Desabre declared during his first press conference after the first training session at the Arab Contractors stadium in cairo.
“The players are ready to give the maximum. We have good organisation, cohesion and quality in the team basing on values of working together. Each player has a task to play together. As a complete unit we shall
achieve a lot,” he added.
Uganda starts their campaign against two-time champion DR Congo on Saturday.