When Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre asked for a three-week long preparation camp in Abu Dhabi prior to the 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, it came with a price.
Local football governing body FUFA, set targets for him and his team to achieve at the continental show-piece.
The first aim was to guide the team past the group stages of the 2019 Total AFCON and that was perfectly achieved when the Cranes finished second in Group A to advance to the knock out stages for the first time in 41 years.
“The target by the federation was to qualify from the group stages,” Sebastien Desabre said before adding that; “Now that this has been achieved, we want to stay longer and enjoy the rest of the tournament. I am happy with my players.”
“Ugandan football has changed a lot in the last few years. There has been progress with Ugandan football.”
At the round of 16, Uganda Cranes fall in the path of facing off with either Senegal or neighbours and football achieve rivals of Kenya but the 42-year-old French gaffer prefers to meet ‘The Lions of Teranga” as compared to the Harambe Stars.
“We don’t know who to play but we are in the path that has teams like Senegal and Kenya. I prefer we face Senegal to give us chance to play another strong team,” Desabre noted.
“I trust my players have learnt a lot so far and will keep picking points from this tournament. I thank all Ugandan for supporting us.”