By Baron Kironde
Newly appointed Uganda Cranes captain Emmanuel Okwi has admitted that he is yet to fully adapt to his new role as the Uganda Cranes captain.
The experienced striker takes over from Denis Onyango, who retired on short notice in April 2021.
Okwi who is grateful for the assignment will begin with leading the Cranes against South Africa on June 10, 2021, in an international friendly.
“First of all, I thank God for this opportunity I have got to lead my country,” Okwi told FUFA media on Friday.
“Every leadership opportunity comes from the Lord. I also take this opportunity once again to thank the technical team and players for the trust they have shown in me.”
“I am still trying to soak it in (this new role). It is something so huge and an honour that should not be taken for granted.”
“The previous captains Geoffrey Massa and Dennis Onyango were exemplary leaders. I learnt a lot from them,” the striker said, adding that he will blend the leadership qualities he acquired with his own to serve the nation.
It was almost inevitable that Okwi would become Cranes’ captain after Onyango. He is one of the most commended senior players on the national team.
His football journey has seen him play for 16 time Uganda Premier League champions SC Villa, Tanzanian giants Simba SC, Yanga Africans and now at Egyptian club Al Ittihad Alexandria Club.
Okwi noted that being the Cranes captain is something huge that comes with a lot of responsibilities.
“To play for the national senior team is already huge, you can imagine what it means to lead the team,” he said.
“I am looking forward to meeting players in a different leadership capacity on the national team. It is going to be nice meeting the players and coaches again, Okwi added.
Okwi also promised the Uganda Cranes will always try to perform and get the right results and make the supporters happy.