Uganda seeks a solid start in their group B opener against familiar opponents Zambia in Marrakech on Sunday.
The match marks the first competitive game for French man Sebestien Desabre who replaced Serbian Micho on a permanent deal.
The former ASEC Mimosas and Ismaily coach believes the days he has spent with the team are enough to get the best out of the team.
“I have been with the team for the last ten days following my appointment as Head coach of Uganda Cranes,” Desabre told the press in Marrakech. “Uganda has a lot of potential and we shall work as a team to improve the levels of the national team,” he added.
Our opening game is very important. Zambia is a good side and we are ready to face them. It is 50-50 for either side. Our target is to win the first game.
Team Captain Bernard Muwanga also sounded confident ahead of the game against the Chipolopolo insisting experience will be key for him and the boys.
‘I know what is expected of us in this tournament,” he confidently remarked. “I will use experience gained from the several games I have played at the senior level to guide my teammates,” he added.
Wedson Nyirenda, the Zambian coach has taken pressure off his charges by insisting the players are in Morocco to showcase their quality and should do so without pressure.
The players are here to showcase their quality and we are looking forward to go in the tournament.
Ismail Watenga is suspended for the first game and so Benjamin Ochan will start in goal for the Cranes.
For Zambia, they miss the services of Power Dynamos injured midfielder Godfrey Ngwenya who suffered a knee injury in the 3-1 win over Orlando Pirates in a trial game
Uganda and Zambia face off at CHAN for a second successive time. Zambia won the first meeting in Rwanda 1-0 thanks to Christopher Katongo goal.
Uganda has never qualified for the quarter finals of the competition while Zambia have done so whenever they played at the competition.
Uganda Cranes Probable XI
Benjamin Ochan (GK), Nicholas Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Timothy Awany, Bernard Muwanga ©, Taddeo Lwanga, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Moses Waiswa, Milton Karisa, Allan Kyambadde and Derrick Nsibambi.