The Uganda Sand Cranes will be aiming for a perfect start when they face off with hosts Senegal in their first group A game of the 2021 Beach Soccer AFCON on Sunday at the Saly Stadium.
Uganda progressed to the championship after the withdrawal of their opponents Ghana at the qualification phase . This is their first ever appearance at the showpiece.
Head coach Salim Muwonge says his charges are ready to take on a side ranked 10th in the World and are aim for a perfect start
“The boys are in good shape after training for two days in Senegal and they are coping up with the weather conditions. We are ready since we now have combination play and we know the partnership of the boys so we are aiming for positive results.”
His counterpart Ngally Sylla who has says that they know little about their opponents and at a moment everyone is a favourite
“Apart from Tanzania, which we faced during the last AFCON 2018 in Egypt, our opponents are unknown to us. We have to prepared well but above all we have to be very careful.”
“At the moment, everyone is favorite, and maybe even Senegal is an outsider.”
Sylla also adds that their ultimate goal is to defend the title
“The goal is clear, we are defending our title. As a coach, I won it twice in a row. I would like to add a third title this year and we will do everything we can to defend our title. But we know it will not always be easy, and we will use all technical and physical means to win this tournament.”
He revealed via Cafonline
Senegal are two winners of the Beach Soccer AFCON (2016, 2018) will be in search of their third trophy in four editions.
In fact they have played in the finals of each edition and only lost the title to Madagascar in 2015.
After Senegal, Uganda will take on neighbours Tanzania on Monday, 24th in their final group A game.
The competition will take place in Saly from 23 to 20 May 2021