Johnathan Mckinstry, the Uganda Cranes coach says he is confident defender Halid Lwaliwa will serve to the best of his abilities as team captain in the forthcoming Championship of African Nations (CHAN) tournament.
On Thursday, Mckinstry confirmed a squad of 25 players tasked to fly the country’s flag high in Cameroon during the championship that runs from January 16 to the 7th of February, 2021.
Among the 25, are a group of eight Venoms including Lwaliwa whom the coach handed the responsibility of leading the Cranes. Others are; Aziz Kayondo, Paul Willa, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Karim Watambala, Ibrahim Orit, Milton Karisa and Muhammad Shaban.
Mr Mckinstry believes Lwaliwa has worked for the position and he is no doubt that the Vipers SC defender will deliver.
‘As our captain, he has served so well over the last year, including breaking into the senior Cranes team,” says Mckinstry.
The coach adds that the captain “will be ably supported by a group of four or five senior players who will be asked to take on the mantle of working alongside Halid [him] to make sure we have a good atmosphere in the team.”
Some of the experienced players on the team, are veteran midfielder Tonny Mawejje (PoliceFC), KCCA captain Charles Lukwago, URA’s Said Kyeyune, Shaban Muhammad (Vipers), KCCA’S defender Iguma Denis and striker Milton Karisa from Vipers SC.
The Cranes are in group C alongside cup holders Morocco, debutants Togo and neighbours Rwanda.
Uganda’s first game of the campaign will be against Rwanda on January 18, 2021 at 10 PM (EAT).