Uganda Cranes call-up a timely boost for Mucurezi
KCCA attacking midfielder Paul Mucurezi hopes a call-up into the national men’s football team ahead of the 2017 Nations Cup will help fast track a dream to professional ranks.
Mucurezi, who has been impressive with the reigning Uganda Premier League champions, was included in a 25-man provisional squad of locally based and available players as Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic gets his first phase of training under way.
“To be honest, I am extremely happy that I have been summoned to the Uganda Cranes squad. It is all about the hard work and effort you put in to be summoned to that team,” explained Mucurezi.
“It is always special to represent your country and it has come at a very good time,” Mucurezi added.
“I am keen to learn and this opportunity is coming at the right time when Uganda is going to Afcon. I will work very hard because it is my dream to represent my country and I want to achieve it.”
Uganda Cranes are in Group D along with the Afcon 2015 finalists Ghana, seven-time record champions Egypt as well as Mali.
The Cranes open their campaign against Ghana on January 17 at Stade de Port Gentil before facing the Pharaohs four days later at the same venue. Uganda will then take on Mali at Stade d’Oyem on January 25.
But first, the Kigezi native will have to inspire his fellow KCCA FC players for the upcoming international friendly match with newly crowned Kenyan champions Tusker FC on Saturday at Lugogo.
“Right now am concentrating on giving all for my club KCCA but I have good people looking after me. That is there job to find me the right club.”
“I have coaches who are keeping me grounded and I have to thank them.”
KCCA warned up for the Tusker friendly by defeating Bika Byabaganda finalists Balangira FC 6-3 in a friendly match on Tuesday afternoon at Lugogo.