Chan 2018, Group B final games

Uganda 0-0 Cote D’Ivoire

Zambia 1-1 Namibia

Uganda Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre believes the lessons from the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) will help his side going forward.

The Cranes lost their opening two matches in Marrakech, Morocco; falling 3-1 to Zambia and 1-0 to Namibia, before ending their Group B assignment with a goalless draw with Ivory Coast on Monday night.

In Marrakech on Monday, Uganda created a couple of chances, with Sadam Ibrahim Juma, Milton Karisa, Allan Kyambadde, and second half substitute Muzamiru Mutyaba all having a sniff at goal but could not get a breakthrough.

Only two substitutions were made for Uganda, Mutyaba replacing Kyambadde with 30 minutes left and Nelson Senkatuka coming on for Derrick Nsibambi, the scorer of Uganda’s only goal at the tournament.

The result ensured Uganda ended their campaign third in the group. “We came into this game with positivity to finish above Ivory Coast,” said Desabre.

“We created chances but never utilized them. My boys are learning the style of play we need to display.”

The Frenchman added: “Such competitions are good for the players. Caf organized a good tournament.

“We shall not be the same after this tournament. Fifa dates in March will help me to continue evaluating the players including the foreign based.”

Uganda are next in competitive action in September with a home fixture against Tanzania when the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification resumes.

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