Uganda Cranes joined the growing list of exiting teams in the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) after finishing third in Group B following a 1-1 draw with Ivory Coast in their final fixture.
The Cranes leave the tournament winless having registered two defeats and one draw. They got their campaign rolling with a 3-1 loss to Zambia on January 14 before going down 1-0 to Namibia four days later.
Their last result was a one-all draw against Ivory Coast on Monday 22 January. Tied on one point with bottom-placed Ivory Coast, the East Africans finish a whole six points behind Zambia and Namibia who have both qualified for the quarterfinals.
Speaking after the match against Ivory Coast, Uganda head coach Sebastien Desabre appreciated the point his side managed, admitting that their biggest setback was the 1-0 loss to Namibia in their second fixture.
“It was very important to leave the competition with a point,’’ noted Desabre. “Our biggest mistake was the second game against Namibia and it really affected our chances.
“We played a good game but we failed to score from the two or three chances we created. It was important to finish in third place in the group after realizing we were out of contention. It is big disappointment and but overall we showed great potential.
“Our objective was to play a good match and finish ahead of Cote d’Ivoire since it was not possible to finish first or second in the group. We showed positive thinking against a good Ivorian team, and we were equal to the task,’’ added the coach.