It won’t be a stroll through the park to get onto the final Uganda Cranes CHAN team, and like head coach Jonathan McKinstry has already preached, total dedication, sacrifice, and hard work only can book one a ticket to Cameroon.
With residential preparations for CHAN into the second week now, all players are working hard to impress the Irish tactician and amongst them is Vipers SC defender Geoffrey Wasswa who believes he will have to justify his spot on the final team given the level of competition in camp.
“First of all, I thank God that am amongst the players who were summoned to represent my country. So far, the training is so good and everyone is in good shape and willing to learn from the coaches,” Wasswa said after Monday’s evening training session.
“However, I cannot talk much about my chances of making the final team as that depends a lot on the coaches, and that means I have to work hard in training, prove my ability and justify my inclusion finally,” he added.
With KCCA FC defender John Revita ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury and skipper Halid Lwaliwa still doubtful despite being in camp now, the chances of Wasswa making the final team look bright though the coaches retain the final say.
The Cranes are placed Group C, together with defending champions Morocco, Togo and neighbors Rwanda who they get their campaign underway against on March 6.
Before they set off for Cameroon, Wasswa and Co will be tested in a three nations mini-tournament that will involve Zambia and Mali between March 17 and 21 at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.