Transition is bound to happen in all aspects of life as generations come and go, but, the way one conducts the change is always what matters.
The Uganda Cranes are going through a transition with a lot more young players coming into the team to succeed their senior counterparts who are fast retiring.
However, Uganda Cranes assistant captain Khalid Aucho is not completely convinced about how the above is being done.
“The Uganda Cranes team has a lot of players but to be sincere, there is no national team that gets rid of all the senior players and brings in the majority of the young players,” Aucho told Football256.
“This is what has happened recently, the largest bunch of players on the national team are U20 or U23 players and I appreciate that they are talented.”
“But, when you take a look around and see the opponents that we are facing, this is not how things are done.”
“For example, Ghana will maintain its senior team and the young ones keep on learning from them gradually until their time will come,” he emphasized.
A host of Uganda Cranes senior players have retired, the retirement of some is contemplated, while others are still active but never get summoned for unclear reasons.
“Sometimes I believe that the level of the game differs because when these young players are playing in tournaments of their age you see them playing well and trying to put up a good performance.”
“But when it comes to the senior national team it is a different case they struggle meaning that they should be brought in gradually but not as a whole and direct.”
“These young players are not yet at a level where they care that much but for us, we have something to protect.”
“That is why you see the few of us who are still around the likes of Emmanuel Okwi, and Farouk Miya suffering a lot and straining ourselves but at the end of the day, some mistakes are blamed on us,” he noted.
Former Cranes captain Denis Onyango, Hassan Wasswa, Godfrey Walusimbi, Tony Mawejje, Murushid Juuko, and Micheal Azira are some of the senior players that announced their retirement.
Salim Jamal, Robert Odongkara, Ismail Watenga, Joseph Ochaya, Nicolas Wadada, Pattrick Kaddu, Kizito Luwagga, Yunus Sentamu, and many others are a given but not in the picture.
Meanwhile, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Gavin Kizito, Kenneth Ssemakula, Steven Mukwala, and Abdul Aziz Kayondo are some of the inexperienced players part of the national team currently.