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Eto’o praises Cranes performance at AFCON 2019

Ugandan striker Emma Okwi has been impressive in Egypt

Ugandan striker Emma Okwi has been impressive in Egypt

Four-time African Player of the Year Award winner and ex-Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has praised Uganda Cranes' good performance at the on-going 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The Cranes are the only team from the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) region that have qualified for the last 16 stage in the tournament. The likes of Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi all failed to go past the group stage. On Friday, Uganda will face Africa's best ranked team, Senegal for a place in the quarterfinals. 

Eto’o said Wednesday that he is impressed with Uganda’s style of play and maturity on the pitch.

“The Ugandan team has really improved and I like the way they work together as a team,” added the former star.

He however noted that they need to start utilizing the many chances they create.

“In football the goals matter a lot and now they are going to the knock out stage where goals will surely count,” noted Eto’o. 

In all their Group A games including the 2-0 win against DR Congo, 1-1 draw with Zimbabwe and the 0-2 defeat to Egypt, the Cranes created a number of chances that they failed to put away. 

The former Cameroon international said he is impressed with the level of football at the tournament where some teams that have not played at the tournament before like Madagascar have made it to the knock out stage.

Eto’o is among the seven legends selected by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as ambassadors for the 2019 AFCON. The others are; Mahmoud El Khateeb (Egypt), Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba (both from Cote d’Ivoire), Rabah Madjer (Algeria), Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria) and El Hadji Diouf (Senegal).


0 #1 WADADA roger 2019-07-04 23:02
Turn the praises into contacts such that our players play for serious clubs in Europe
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