CHAN 2018 : The Cranes seek to revive their chances as they take on Namibia

Desabre takes his players through the paces yesterday (Images courtesy of FUFA media)

By: Kayondo Elias 

The Cranes will take on the Brave warriors in their second game in group B of the CHAN 2018 tournament at the Grand stade de Marrakech in Morocco.

The opening game of the group saw the Namibians defeat Ivorycoast with a 1:0 win while the other group match between Uganda and Zambia ended 3:1 against the Cranes.

Now the Namibians lie second in the group while the Ugandans are distant fourth.

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The Namibia national team head coach Ricardo Mannetti believes his team is still an underdog in the group despite the remarkable victory against continental gaints Ivorycoast.

” We still remain underdogs and that status has not changed until we get out of the group. We have not arrived yet and the team needs a lot of work. The team has character and we should improve with every game. Addressing the media, Mannetti said.

“Uganda is still better ranked than Namibia and were also at the last AFCON in Gabon. The fact that they lost to Zambia doesn’t make them a bad side.”

While his counterpart Sebastien Desabre has no soft words for his players who wasted a number of chances in the game against Zambia but converted only one. Desabre said at the present match press conference.

“We have analysed our performance from the first game and tried to correct the mistakes because it is important for the second game.”

“We have a project and my philosophy will be same for the second match against Namibia. We have a balanced team and have to stay with the same mind set and spirit to win the next game. We have no choice and we have to win with an offensive strategy. It is very important for us to score because my team needs that.

All the 23 men will be available for selection for the Brave worriors and defender Charles Hambira who scored the only goal in their previous game will be expected to emulate his form to keep the Namibians in contention.

The Cranes have to win this game in order to turn their fortunes

For the Ugandans, youthful striker Muhammad Shaban is out with a knock in his leg as examined by the Cranes medical team.

However, Sebastien Desabre is optimistic the rest of the members can get the required results.

A win for the Cranes will see them earn their first 3 points and will keep them in the contention while a win for the Namibians will give them an early qualification to the quarter finals.

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