The Uganda Cranes interim coach Abdallah Mubiru has said he and his technical team have all what it takes to help the country qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations for the third successive time.
Mubiru, is optimistic the current technical brains at the helm of the Cranes are good and confident enough to perform at their best. He has urged Ugandans to have trust in their own.
” We have the confidence of delivering at this stage. There is a general perception in Ugandans doubting their own. We have strengths and limitations. People have to judge us by the strengths and not the limitations,” he told FUFA media on Thursday.
Mubiru was named caretaker a few hours after Federation of Uganda Football Associations had announced suspension of the national team head coach Johnathan Mckinstry at the beginning of March, 2021.
And thus, debate on whether Mubiru, his assistants Livingston Mbabazi and Fred Kajoba were the best choice of coaches to steer the Cranes through the qualifiers started emerging from some sections of football fans.
However, the gaffer who also doubles as Police FC head coach says, “It is not about myself, Charles Mbabazi and Fred Kajoba, but it will be a case of serving the country diligently and protecting the job. We are not the best coaches on the land but it is an honour that we were picked to present the local legion. We shall do all the preparations but the results belong to the mercy of God.”
Mubiru also commented on the team’s transition process. “This is a very crucial moment for us in terms of qualification again to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.
However it is a very sensitive time for management to keep that spirit of qualification. About the transition, that is how life goes. You reach a certain moment when you come and have to leave. This happens in football time over and again.”
Uganda’s last qualification engagements were two back to back games against South Sudan in the former won 1-0 at Kitende but lost away with a similar margin.
Uganda who are second in group B with seven points from four games, host leaders Burkina Faso (8) on March 24 before playing away against 3rd placed Malawi (4) on March 29, 2021.
South Sudan sit at the bottom of the table with just 3 points from four games.
Uganda ended their 39 year drought of not participating in the continental premium football competition when they qualified for the 2017 edition in Gabon under Serbian Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.
The Cranes made it two in a row after securing their ticket to 2019 Egypt with a game to play thanks to French Sebastian Desabre. They could go on and get beyond group A that had DR Congo, Zimbabwe and hosts Egypt before being eliminated by Senegal at the round of 16.