Patrick Kaddu got Uganda's first goal against Democratic Republic of Congo. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
CAIRO - 23 June 2019: Uganda’s coach, Sebastian Desabre, was surprised by the talks that his team is approaching to qualify the second round of the 2019 African Nations Cup.
Uganda beat Democratic Republic of Congo 2-0 in their opening game at Cairo stadium to be on the top of Group A.
"We have to work harder because there are two big games ahead, Zimbabwe and Egypt. We have our plans. We know that you need a minimum of four points to reach the next round. We only have three points now and the players know that," Desabre told Goal website.
"We will take a rest, train tomorrow (Sunday). To claim a point against Zimbabwe and against Egypt won't be easy and then the three points we have already. The opponents are not easy sides."
"The players did very well. They were motivated even before the game and showed that they have quality. I am happy for them. They have been working for a long time," he continued.
Egypt defeated Zimbabwe 1-0 in the opening game, Nigeria started their journey with a 1-0 victory over Burundi. And the most amusing match was between Madagascar & Guinea which was ended with a 2-2 draw.
Group winners and runners-up qualify for the knockout second round along with the best four of the six third-place finishers.