Uganda Cranes and Wakiso Giants forward Vianney Ssekajugo scored in both fixtures against Burundi during the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers as Uganda Cranes earned the right to participate in the tournament’s sixth edition in Cameroon.
Fahad Bayo opened the scoring for the Cranes in the fifth minute of the game at the Star times stadium in Kampala, before Ssekajugo added a second in the 70th minute with Allan Okello sealing qualification with a late strike.
Despite the fact Ssekajugo scored a goal in Bujumbura in the first leg and was one of the fine performers for the Cranes, Uganda Cranes caretaker boss Abdullah Mubiru decided that the left-footed could only take part from the 65th minute after he came on for Sulaiman ‘Mike’ Mutyaba.
When questioned over his feeling when he learnt that he could only make the bench, positive-minded and unbothered Ssekajugo mentioned utilizing the minutes given is more important.
“Of course I would like to be playing more minutes, but it’s all about understanding the game and using the minutes you are given and creating an impact,” Ssekajugo told football-256.
The Cranes won all their four fixtures over two qualifying rounds, as they secured qualification to the CHAN finals for the fifth consecutive time, scoring 13 goals and conceding just twice in the process.
Ssekajugo was not part of the squad that played against Somalia, but upped his performances and was included against Burundi.
However, as the tournament draws near, competition for places is expected to get even tighter and Ssekajugo does not think it’s automatic for Jonathan Mckinstry who will take over from Mubiru to consider him in the team that will fly to Cameroon.
“The nation is already in Cameroon, but Ssekajugo is not yet there. So, it calls for hard work and consistency though I hope to be there.”
“Once chosen, I hope to use the opportunity to continue my progress in my career, both within Uganda and in the world of football.” He continued. The CHAN finals will take place from January to February 2020.
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