CHAN 2018: Desabre decries the Namibia loss as Uganda’s biggest mistake

Uganda’s Sadam Juma battles for the ball with an Ivory Coast player

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.

Sebastien Desabre addresses the press after the match

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 “.

Aggrey Madoi put in an assured display against Ivory Coast

“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.

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