By Thomas Odongo
A few days after Sebastien Desabre took charge of the Uganda Cranes team as head coach, he was immediately brought to class as the Uganda Cranes headed for the 2018 CHAN games in Morocco.
However, Desabre's charges exited the tournament with a game to spare after falling prey to fellow Group B's Namibia and Ivory Coast.
Just like the newest student in class, nobody bothered to question Desabre's tactics since even by then a few people could correctly pronounce his name.
However, football fans always give any new coach an economy of close to a month and Desabre's honey moon is over.
With the fans now familiar with the French-born tactician, the cheer leaders head to Mandela National Stadium, Nambole this Saturday, 24th March 2018 expecting him to make up for the CHAN poor display against Sao Tome and Principe.
Uganda is also facing Malawi on Tuesday, 27th March 2018 at the same turf in a friendly fire.
However, Desabre is aware of the task at hand and he is ready to turn the screw and ensure that the two friendly fires are won.
''I know the fans are eager to see what I will do this time round but we are ready for these tests. Friendly games are very important in football especially for building confidence in both players and fans. The boys have trained enough and I myself can report that we are good to go,'' Desabre told Kampala Post during the team training session at Nambole.
Desabre, who beefed up his contingent with foreign content is also expecting a very exciting and entertaining game because his side is young and blade-sharp.
Just like his tactician, team skipper and also South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns custodian, Denis Onyango is also fired up for the occasion and assured Kampala Post that all is set at the camp in order to gun down Sao Tome before finishing up with Malawi.
''The boys are all fired up and the confidence is very high in the camp and I can see us comfortably winning both games,'' Onyango noted.
The Uganda Cranes are currently camped at Ivys Hotel, Wakaliga, Kampala.
The fans will part with only 5,000 shillings in order to watch the game.
Denis Onyango, Robert Odongkara and Salim Jamal
Denis Iguma, Nicholas Wadada, Isaac Isinde, Bevis Mugambi, Murushid Juuko, Timothy Awany, Godfrey Walusimbi and Alex Kakuba.
Joseph Ochaya, Hassan Wasswa, Khalid Aucho, Geoffrey Kizito, Farouk Miya, Milton Karisa, Kizito Luwagga and Abraham Ndugwa.
Emma Okwi, Yunus Sentamu, Edrisa Lubega and Hood Kaweesa.
Uganda Cranes International Friendly Games
Saturday, 24th March 2018
4pm - Uganda vs Sao Tome and Principe @ Mandela National Stadium, Nambole
Tuesday, 27th March 2018
4pm - Uganda vs Malawi @ Mandela National Stadium, Nambole