KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
Uganda Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre
has said he is impressed with the abundant talent in the
The 41-year-old French man who was
appointed late last month said in an interview before
the team traveled to Morocco to prepare for the 2018
Africa Nations Championship, that coming to coach a
national team really makes him happy because he is
confident of developing the sport in Uganda.
“I want to thank the Uganda FA for the
confidence and trust they have invested in me. My
promise is that I will give my maximum of my abilities
to do a good job,” he said.
He also made it clear that he will
always labour to make his players understand that each
minute on the field of play should be dedicated to the
fans and the country. He said one thing he has admired
about Uganda since he has been following them is the
love for their national team. “I want the fans to
support the team 100% and also believe in the project we
are going to work on,” he added.
Speaking about the Ugandan players
after taking the team through a number of training
sessions Desabre said the country has good and talented
players. “I have asked them to be professional and
change mentality, attitude as well as develop self
confidence,” said Desabre.
Asked about his preferred style of
play as a coach, the Frenchman said he believes in
offensive style of play, but also with defensive
discipline. “But this depends on the atmosphere of play,
game, type of players, their level of skills, technical
abilities among other things. All in all I like winning
with style,” he said.
The coach who will have his team play
two friendly matches against Congo Brazzaville and
Cameroon in Rabat, Morocco ahead of the 2018 Total
Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) said will soon draw
a road map to develop football in Uganda starting with
the U-20s and U-23s.
Desbare said although he has always
haboured ambitions of handling a national team, he
thought he should first get experience with the African
League teams. He said starting a new path as national
team coach is exciting because he will work with Uganda
Cranes that has a nice and promising project.
He made it clear that he would have
stayed longer with Ismaily in Egypt, but he feels it was
time to move on and try to achieve other targets of his
coaching career with a national team now.
Desabre left Ismaily top of the
Egyptian Premier League with 37 points from 16 games,
while giants Al Ahly are second with 30 points from 13
He also commended former Cranes coach
Sredojevic for doing a commendable job, but added that
it is important for him to bring his knowledge and add
his input. “The target of the Uganda FA is to develop
and increase professionalism in the country, which
aligns very well with mine,” he added.
About the CHAN tournament, Desbare
said he would be eager to make it out of the group stage
first. “I very well know the Zambian and Cote d’Ivoire
teams that are in the same group. I will also check out
the Namibia team and prepare my team very well because
we are facing tough opponents,” he added.