Uganda Cranes forward and captain Emmanuel Okwi has advised his fellow players to invest the hardwork in the preparations so as to adequately ensure readiness for the biggest stage of their national team careers, the World Cup Qualifiers.
Okwi made these remarks during his short interaction with the media at the Kabira Country Club, where he seemed motivated by his new responsibility as captain
He needed no invitation to speak about his attitude as a player and how ready he was for the challenge.
The fascinating forward couldn’t hesitate to thank everyone involved in their preparations as players especially now that everything seems to be moving perfectly.
“I would like to thank everyone that has been in our preparations so far. What I have to say is that this has been and continues to be a positive start in the preparation,” he stated.
He would continue to say: “It is evident that every single player is putting in the hardwork and this should continue with more aggression. With this kind of mentality, we as a country can only wish for better results.”
When asked about the kind of feeling playing in the World Cup Qualifiers brings, Okwi didn’t need any help to describe it as the biggest platform for any player in their national team careers and indicated his comrades and himself as being no exception to this.
The Al Ittihad winger was named the Uganda Cranes captain earlier this year following resignations from national football for both Denis Onyango and Hassan Waswa Mawanda.
When further asked about this responsibility, he didn’t seem bothered about the challenges that come with the captaincy and citied how he was ready for what he referred to as an extra opportunity.
He further highlighted the need to work together with his teammates for this journey because every single player on pitch and those on bench have a responsibility to the team and his job as captain doesn’t supersede that of the other players according to him.
The new Uganda Cranes skipper climaxed his interview with a message for the fans and the various stakeholders of the game, imploring them to continue the support and prayers for the team.
The Cranes departed for Addis Ababa to face Ethiopia and Sierra Leone in the Friendly games before locking horns with Kenya on 2nd September 2021.
Uganda is pitted in Group E of the World Cup Qualifiers alongside East African neighbours Kenya and Rwanda with the team in the group being Mali.
After the game against Kenya that kick-starts the qualifiers campaign, the Cranes will host Mali in on 5th September at the St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende.