Uganda coach Sebastien Desabre upbeat of 2019 Afcon chances despite Tanzania draw

Lawrence Nkede
The expanded 2019 Afcon will see the top two countries in 12 Groups qualify for the continental showpiece set for Cameroon

Sebastien Desabre is still optimistic that Uganda Cranes will qualify for the 2019 African Cup of Nations finals despite dropping two points in Kampala.

Cranes were held to a 0-0 draw by Tanzania’s Taifa Stars, but the Frenchman, who was in charge of his first competitive game with Uganda, insists that the East African top seed can still make it to Cameroon.

Uganda are still top of the Group L with four points, owing to another stalemate in Lesotho between the hosts and Cape Verde. Tanzania and Lesotho are second with two apiece, while Cape Verde have one.

“You could see the quality of individual players but we looked at our strength and weaknesses and went to work. We came to fight and you could see the fight. We have achieved our objective and we are very happy with the point.

“We had a first 25 minutes and you could see something different but in the second half, we also try to manage the game because Tanzania is a good team, but we shall qualify,” Desabre was quoted by Daily Monitor.

Cranes will take on Lesotho in the next game in October, in Kampala as Taifa Stars squares it out against Cape Verde.

The expanded 2019 Afcon will see the top two countries in 12 Groups qualify for the continental showpiece. Initially, the tourney was a preserve of 16 teams.

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