Uganda 0 Turkmenistan 0
Uganda v Ivory Coast
Africa Nations Cup
Uganda v DR Congo
Zimbabwe v Uganda
Uganda v Egypt
Goals win you games. And yet even against hapless opposition like Turkmenistan, that seemed to be a major problem for the Nations Cup-bound Cranes.
Days after losing industrious midfielder Moses Waiswa to injury and spending more time in trying to identify a potential replacement, Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre
finds himself with an even bigger challenge.
The French tactician must find an attacking unit that will guarantee goals against DR Congo, Zimbabwe, and Egypt if Uganda hopes to scale better heights in the championship that starts on June 21 in Egypt.
Games against the likes of Turkmenistan ranked 136th in the FIFA rankings are the ideal platform for cricket scores or the kind that would have brought the best out of surprise entrants Alexis Bakka and Abdu Lumala.
As it is, Cranes’ offensive play, even with seasoned attackers Emmanuel Okwi and Farouk Miya are way below the acceptable standards.
A win during their final buildup game against Ivory Coast on Saturday would be the perfect tonic marching into Cairo.
Desabre was due to name his final 23-man squad for the finals yesterday evening.
Cranes team Vs Turkmenistan: Robert Odongkara, Bevis Mugabi (Nicholas Wadada), Godfrey Walusimbi, Timothy Awany, Murushid Jjuuko, Tadeo Lwanga, Khalid Aucho, Allan Kyambadde (Emmanuel Okwi), Farouk Miya, Patrick Kaddu (Alexis Bbakka), Abdu Lumala (Joseph Ochaya)
Other players in camp:
Denis Onyango, Mike Azira, Isaac Muleme, Salim Magoola, Derrick Nsibambi, Chrizestom Ntambi, Sadam Juma, Hassan Wasswa and Allan Kateregga.