Allan ‘Dancing Rasta’ Kateregga is one of the few players who played a role as Uganda qualified for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations, but that doesn’t give him automatic place on Sebastien Desabre’s final 23 man squad.
The Cape Town City midfielder in South Africa who finished the season on loan at Maritzburg United is determined to fight for his place though ahead of the June 21st to July 19th finals in Egypt.
“The competition is tough almost everywhere I have played. And I have surprised myself by keeping winning so am sure am up to the task or else I wouldn’t be here in the first place,” Kateregga told Daily Monitor.
“It’s an honour to represent my country at any level but a special honour and privilege to be part of the team preparing for Afcon finals in Egypt, it helps me inspire myself to greater heights,” he added.
Kateregga is the real definition of the kind of player Desabre talks about much he has limited time under the Frenchman, the former KCCA FC player can operate in the middle or out wide.
He started the game against Lesotho in Maseru as the Cranes cruised to a 2-0 win, he also came off the bench against the same side in Kampala in the 3-0 victory. But wasn’t part of the games against Cape Verde and Tanzania much as he had expected to.
“That’s what competition at this level does, I guess. But it came as a surprise to me too. I thought I had made a fine tune of myself.”
Kateregga faces stiff competition from Kizito Luwagga, Abdul Lumala, players who have a slightly similar game approach as him, but also left footed colleagues in Isaac Muleme and Joseph Ochaya.
“My goal is to help the country better our performance from the last finals and everything else shall come after that.”
Kateregga and 26 others won’t know their fate until June 15th, before the team departs Abu Dhabi for Egypt ahead of their July 22nd Group A opening game against the Democratic Republic of Congo.