As the 2019 AFCON approaches, Naijafootballplus is ready to keep you updated keenly on the basics ahead of the competition.
Having started our AFCON 2019 series last weekend, on teams who already have qualified, before this weekend’s last round of qualifiers, the second story for our AFCON 2019 Series is an interview with Uganda’s National team Coach, Sebastien Desabre
Having qualified for the second consecutive time to the Tournament already, the 43-Year old French man has reiterated his commitment to his current employers by vying to finish the AFCON qualifiers on a strong foot.
Sitting comfortably at the summit of Group L, coach Sebastien Desabre in a chat with Naijafootballplus.com told us of his approach to the final group game against Tanzania, who needs a win to makr it through,even though it is a dead rubber game for the cranes
“We do not look at other teams, we think in priority to ours. This last match will be a good match that will serve us for the AFCON. We want to remain invincible in this qualifying phase with no goal conceded. We will give the maximum of our possibilities as professionals.
According to him, qualifying for AFCON with a game to spare has always being on of the target he set when he was appointed
“ When I signed with Uganda, it was the priority goal set by the Federation but it was also my personal goal. We wanted to qualify as best, we could be setting out game principles that will improve the quality of the team, that’s what we are doing and we want to continue in that direction”
Being a well travelled man in Africa and not new to Africa’s style of football as he has coached teams from various parts of Africa, coach Sebastien also talked about his new experience with Uganda
“ It was a desire to increase my experience on the continent by facing the management of a national team. With my long experience with the best clubs in Africa, I knew that I had the skills to carry out this first step with the Cranes of Uganda. It is a different section that requires us to perform well in the field of management”.
Uganda had a poor tournament at the last AFCON and the coach also talked about his plans since qualification is in the bag
“It’s (for us) to do better than (we did) in the previous one, for example, to leave the group stage will be the first step.”
In the midst of the celebrations of Uganda’s success so far there has been reports of uncertainty from his first choice goal keeper with sources saying he is planning on quitting the national team, Coach Sebastien reacted to this
“Denis is a professional who is important to the team. It’s my private relay in my management; he is very motivated to participate in the next AFCON. After we will have a discussion together to know his future motivations. At present, he is 100% with the team and will be one of our assets for the next stage”. Desabre said
In 2018, Uganda’s National team was nominated for CAF Men’s National team of the year award, and the coach talked about evolving the team to challenge in Africa
“ The team is evolving and we want to make an honorable way to the next AFCON. The team is growing but we are not yet at the level of the biggest selections. To face them during a competition like AFCON, will acquire even more experience. We will prepare seriously and we will be ready to give the maximum”. Concluded Coach Desabre.
The cranes are back on duty on the 24th of March 2019 against Tanzania away for final group game of AFCON 2019 qualifier in a game that is of no importance to them, but Tanzania needs the victory more while hoping that result from the game between Cape Verde and Lesotho go their way, but Coach Sebastien is confident his team can finish the qualifiers invincible with a perfect record of having clean sheet in all the games played during the qualifier.