By: Daniel Nsubuga
Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has condemned the Cranes loss to Namibia as their worst mistake in the competition.
The Cranes lost their opening game 3-1 to Zambia and they had to react positively against Namibia in the second game.
Unfortunately, they went on to lose to Namibia, a game they had taken control over courtesyof a late Nekundi strike deep in the closing stages of the game. A draw would have also been enough to keep their chances alive.
“Our biggest mistake was the second game against Namibia and it really affected our chances. We played a good game but we failed to score from the two or three chances we created”.
Desabre told the media at a press conference after the Ivory Coast match.
“It was very important to leave the competition with a point. It was important to finish 3rd in the group after realizing we were out of contention, it’s a big disappointment but overall we showed great potential “.
“Our objective was to play a good match and finish ahead of Cote d’Ivoire since it was not possible to finish first or second in the group. We showed positive thinking against a good Ivorian team, and we were equal to the task”.
The Cranes finished 3rd in group B behind Namibia and Zambia who progressed to the quarter finals. Ivory Coast did not score a single goal in all competition.