Uganda Cranes head coach Sbastien Desabre has said his team is well prepared and ready for their opening Group B match against Zambia at the 2018 Total Africa Nations Championship CHAN.
Uganda Cranes head coach Sébastien Desabre has said his team is well prepared and ready for their opening Group B match against Zambia at the 2018 Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN).
The two sides will clash at the Marrakech Stadium at 10.30pm Ugandan time in what promises to be a thriller. " The attitude that the players showed during training is what we need on Sunday. We have an important match to start with and we must get good results," said the newly appointed French born coach after training on Friday.
Ahead of the tournament which kicks off, Desbare's team camped in Rabat where they played two international friendly matches. They managed a 1-1 draw against Guinea before falling 1-0 to Congo Brazzaville.
Although majority of the Cranes players are trying to adjust to the extremely cold conditions in Morocco, the players morale is high. "We have what it takes to start well against Zambia," said striker Muhammad Shaban who netted a brace when the junior team silenced hosts Zambia in the 2017 U-20 Cosafa tournament last December.
Namibia will be the second opponents for the Cranes on January 18th before winding up the group ties against Cote dÍvoire.
According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) UGX19,620,000,000 (US$5,450,000) will be at stake. The winning team will pocket UGX4,500,000,000 (US$1,250,000), while the runner up takes UGX2,520,000,000 (US$700,000).
The teams that finish in fourth position in each of the four groups will take UGX630,000,000 (US$175,000), third placed UGX720,000,000 (US$200,000) and the quarter finalists UGX1,080,000,000 (US$300,000) dollars. The two teams that are knocked out at the semi final stage will pocket UGX1,440,000,000 (US$400,000).
Group A: Morocco, Maurtiania, Guinea, Sudan
Group B: Cote dÍvoire, Uganda, Namibia, Zambia
Group C: Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Rwanda
Group D: Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville