AFCON: Uganda Cranes Fitness Level Cost The Team Against Zimbabwe, Says Desabre

Uganda Cranes played well and dominated DR Congo in their first match of the AFCON to come up 2-0 winners. The match, which at times was too fast and physical saw the Cranes bring their top game to set a good path for their progression to the knockout stage.

Sebastian Desabre, the team’s coach, believes they used a lot of energy in that game and could not maintain the same level when they drew with Zimbabwe in the second outing.

He says that the team’s fitness level was wanting and that cost them the win. Emmanuel Okwi set the ground rolling with a quick goal but Onyango’s former teammate Khama Billiat proved too good to be stopped
as he found the equaliser just minutes to the break. “It was a difficult game,” the Frechman admits. “We scored first but later on succumbed to their pressure and conceded. We didn’t play very well in the first half because our fitness level wasn’t top because we had played very hard in our first game.”

The coach made some changes in the second stanza introducing Tadeo Lwanga, Allan Kyambadde and Timothy Awany in places of Emmanuel Okwi, Michael Azira and Faruku Miya.

He believes those changes worked as the team hung on to scrap a point.

“We relaxed too much and failed to manage the time after the goal. We tried to change the plan in the second half and got the draw. Zimbabwe is a very good team with good players with much experience. We are now going back to plan again and finish better against Egypt.”

Uganda face Egypt in the last game of the group with hopes of picking a result that could push the team to the round of 16.



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