If Uganda Cranes registers any milestone in the African Nations Championship (Chan) tournament in Morocco, there will be no doubt that recently axed coach Moses Basena made a contribution.
Basena, still waiting on Fufa’s promise of a coaching course in the US, told SCORE that he built the foundation on which the team will thrive during the Cecafa tourney in Kenya.
“We were working on Chan aspects in Kenya like transforming from defensive strategy to attack formation and that is why we conceded five goals in five matches during last December’s event,” he said.
“That said, we built the team around keeping a clean sheet and I hope the new coach keeps with that philosophy in Morocco.”

Deputies role
Basena, who acted in interim capacity from July to December before losing out to new coach Desabre Sebastien amongst the last four contestants, believes the presence of his former deputies Fred Kajoba and Matia Luke will help guide the new coach.
“They should tell him the weak and strong points of the team because he is still new to the team and has not been to any such tourney before,” said the former SC Villa, URA, KCCA and UPDF coach.
“To be sincere, I don’t know much about him (Sebastien) and I cannot predict what he will do for Cranes,” Basena added.

Good omen
Nonetheless, he expects the 41-year-old Frenchman to guide the team out of the group that contains Ivory Coast, Namibia and Zambia something his predecessors have failed to do on three attempts.
“It is possible that the team can go through because they have the talent and our boys play as a unit,” he revealed.
Meanwhile, there was a sudden change in the opponent Cranes will play in the friendly game today. Fufa confirmed that Guinea will replace Congo Brazaville but the Tuesday encounter with Cameroon stays.

CHAN GROUP GAMES

JANUARY 14, 2018
Zambia vs. Uganda (10.30pm)
JANUARY 18, 2018
Uganda vs. Namibia (10.30pm)
JANUARY 22, 2018
Uganda vs. Cote d’Ivoire (10:30pm)