AFCON 2019: Uganda coach says he prefers facing Senegal to Kenya in next round

AFCON 2019: Uganda coach says he prefers facing Senegal to Kenya in next round, Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:41 PM
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Uganda national team head coach Sebastien Desabre has taken a thinly veiled swipe at Kenya by stating that he prefers to play Senegal in the round of 16 at the ongoing African Cup of Nations.

The side made it to the knock out phase despite going down 2-0 to Egypt in their final group A match on Sunday night in Cairo Egypt.

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Cranes will now face the winner of the match between Kenya and Senegal on Monday night, July 1.

And when asked the side he prefers to meet in the round of 16, the Frenchman said he would rather meet Senegal, a side he believes will challenge his team.

“We don’t know who to play but we are in the path that has teams like Senegal and Kenya. I prefer we face Senegal to give us chance to play another strong team," he said.
"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,” he added.

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Desabre further downplayed Dennis Onyango’s injury worries, despite the shot-stopper being taken off with an injury in the second half.

Meanwhile, after meeting the federation’s target of securing round of 16 ticket, Desabre says the target is to progress beyond the first knock-out phase.

Story by Kevin Kimutai, correspondent.

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