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Uganda Cranes need a winning start

By Fred Kaweesi

Added 14th January 2018 06:50 PM

Cranes faithful hope that newly appointed head coach Sebastien Desabre can end that dismal record.

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Cranes faithful hope that newly appointed head coach Sebastien Desabre can end that dismal record.

CHAN tournament

Today, Live on SS8/SS9
Group A, 5.30pm
Guinea v Sudan
Group B, 7.30pm
Ivory Coast v Namibia
Group B, 10.30pm
Uganda v Zambia

Uganda Cranes have turned the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) into familiar territory.

Despite missing the inaugural edition in 2009, the Cranes are among just four teams that have managed to make four appearances in the tournament designed for local-based players.

DR Congo, Zimbabwe and one of their Group B opponents Ivory Coast, are the other three in that elite class.

But unlike the other three, Cranes are the only side that has failed to make it out of the group stages.

Cranes faithful hope that newly appointed head coach Sebastien Desabre can end that dismal record.

And to achieve that, Cranes will have to register a winning start against Zambia in Marrakesh tonight.

On Tuesday, Congo Brazzaville reminded the Cranes of the high competitive standards to expect at the championship.

After playing out to a 1-1 draw against Guinea, Cranes lost 1-0 in the second of two friendlies that exposed Uganda’s limitations in attack.

Goals win you games but at the moment, there seems little to suggest whether strikers Derrick Nsibambi, Nelson Senkatuka or Mohammad Shaban have all it takes to guarantee a goal per game in all three of Cranes’ group games.

The alternative is to identify a system that will allow support strikers Sadam Juma, Muzamir Mutyaba or Milton Karisa the freedom to step forward with the odd goal against a solid Zambian team that edged Uganda 1-0 during the previous tournament in Rwanda.

Mutyaba in particular has the experience needed to prize-open any back-four. He has wonderful passing and dribbling skills, good vision and movement.

Probable line-up:
B.Ochan, N.Wadada, I.Muleme, B.Muwanga, T.Awanyi, T.Lwanga, M.Karisa, M.Mutyaba, D.Nsibambi, S.Juma, A.Kyambadde.

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