Tuesday fixtures (SS4/5, GoTV)
Angola vs Mali, 10pm
Mauritania vs Tunisia, 10pm
Benin vs Cameroon, 7pm
Guinea-Bissau vs Ghana, 7pm
Uganda Cranes Head Coach Sebastien Desabre says that the team already accomplished their target set by FUFA –which was qualification from the group stage. The Cranes finished as Group A runners up after their 2-0 loss to hosts Egypt at the Cairo international stadium.
Liverpool forward Mohammed Salah opened the scoring with a superb free kick midway in the first half before Aston Villa’s Ahmed Elmohamady sealed the victory for the unbeaten Pharaoh’s, who progressed to the last 16 as Group A without conceding in the group stage.
“We want to stay longer and enjoy the rest of the tournament. I am happy with my players. Ugandan football has changed a lot in the last few years and there has been progress,” noted Desabre, who also allayed fears that team captain Denis Onyango could miss the knockout action.
The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper was stretched off on Sunday unconscious and was replaced by Ethiopia based Robert Odongkara in the 70th minute.
Onyango however posted “see you at the next round’ massage on his social media Facebook page later after the match to the relief of the fans. “Onyango never got injured. He has been down with flu for the last two days but he is very okay. I prefer we face Senegal to give us chance to play another strong team. I trust my players have learnt a lot so far and will keep picking points from this tournament. I thank all Ugandan for supporting us,” noted the French tactician,” added Desabre.
Meanwhile, FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo also hailed Cranes display, saying that Ugandan football has moved to the next stage and will change for better.
“The qualification is a result of efforts from different stakeholders- Government, sponsors, the Uganda Cranes technical staff, players, all organs of FUFA, media and the wonderful fans,” he noted.
DRC whipped Zimbabwe 4-0 in the other group game on Sunday to confirm Uganda as group runners up, who progress to the knockout stage for the first time since 1978 when they lost at the final to Ghana.
Uganda Cranes Starting XI:
Denis Onyango (Odongkara), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Timothy Denis Awany, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Mike Azira, Khalid Aucho (Tadeo Lwanga), Abdu Lumala, Faruku Miya, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Allan Kyambadde (Luwagga Kizito).