Uganda Cranes interim head coach Abdallah Mubiru has revealed he decided to name Emmanuel Okwi as the national team captain due to his experience.
Okwi succeeded Dennis Onyango, who recently retired from international duty alongside his assistant Hassan Wasswa.
“First of all, Okwi is an experienced player, and we have a lot of young players who will need to learn from him,” Mubiru told football256 in an interview.
“He is a leader and has a winning mentality. He also commands the respect from his fellow players, and these young ones see him with pride.”
“Okwi is cool, simple, and he also associates with people from all the age brackets, be it the young and old surely that is the of a person you need as captain,” he added.
The 28-year old is now the longest-serving Cranes player with a national team career spanning 12 years since his debut in 2009.
He has 82 caps and has managed 26 goals. Most notably, he was part of the Uganda Cranes squad that played at both the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Egypt respectively.
The Al Ittihad Alexandria Club forward is part of the Uganda Cranes 33-man squad summoned for a friendly against South Africa due on June 10 in Johannesburg.
“I am deeply honoured to be named captain by the Uganda Cranes coach,” Okwi was quoted saying by the FUFA website before adding.
“Representing Uganda is a privilege that I do not take for granted, and I appreciate the technical team and my teammates for the trust. I also thank the fans for their continued support of the national team,” he added.
Okwi captained the Cranes in a friendly against Ethiopia in October 2019, and also scored the only goal of the game which was also the first in charge for former head coach Johnathan McKinstry.
Mubiru also told this website that they will form a committee that will involve Okwi on who his assistant should be. But the intentions are to have four captains starting with Okwi in the pecking order.