Pressure mounts on Cranes players to impress Desabre

Grace Lindsay Mbabazi

The pressure to impress the new boss is mounting among the 25 Uganda cranes players in the Moroccan capital Rabat, ahead of Tuesday’s final trial match against Congo, before connecting to Marrakesh for the CHAN 2018 finals.

The new man at the helm barely knows the players by name and thus will gave no favours to any.

The players are aware that its only their individual display on the round figure inside the green rectangle that will get their names on the Desabre’s final 23-man sheet.

In the goalkeeping position, KCCA FC’s number one Benjamin Ochan who stood between the goal posts in Saturday’s one all draw against Guinea, is battling for a place with Vipers’ Ismael Watenga and Proline FC’s Saidi Keni.

From a far the KCCA FC goal keeper will more likely than not make the cut, but not to him.

Ochan says no player will leave anything to chance, they all working equally as hard.

“It didn’t go well with us against Guinea in the preparation game we still have a game today against Congo to try and and put up a good fight and mend things up and parch those stitches up which we will able to do,” he said.

At the moment the coach says nobody has a first team place and he is trying to give everybody a chance to prove their worth to start which isn’t an easy thing.

Uganda will face Congo Brazzaville at 10.30 PM local time in Rabat, Morocco ahead of their second and last trial match ahead of the CHAN 2018 final 14th January this month.

The Cranes will play their first game on against Zambia in Marakesh on the 14th, face Namibia on the 18th before their last group game against Ivory Coast four days later.


Goalkeepers: Watenga Ismael, Ochan Benjamin and Saidi Keni

Other players: Nico Wakiro Wadada,Joseph Nsubuga, Awanyi Timothy, Mustapha Mujuzi, Muwanga Bernard, Muleme Isaac, Madoi Aggrey, Kizza Mustapha, Karisa Milton, Paul Mucurezi, Kyambadde Allan, Batte Seif, Senfuka Rahmat, Lwanga Taddeo, Kasule Abubaker, Waisswa Moses, Saddam Juma, Mutyaba Muzamir, Masiko Tom, Shaban Muhammad, Nsibambi Derrick, Senkatuka Nelson