I was mentally ready for Cranes challenge once named – Waiswa


Uganda Cranes midfielder Moses “King” Waiswa Dhodhi has revealed he was mentally ready the national team’s clash against Tanzania in the 2019 AFCON Qualifiers at Namboole.

Waiswa celebrates his strike during a Uganda Cranes regional tour

The match ended in a goalless draw and Waiswa drew praise from coach Sebastien Desabre and team captain Denis Onyango.

Despite being the only locally based player on the starting line-up, Waiswa was unfazed by the moment as he remained calm and composed, he said.

For the time we spent in camp, I was ready for the challenge once named. Besides, I had the hope that I would play and believed in myself. Mentally, I am also strong and ready to take opportunities once granted.

Aside goalkeeper as well as team captain Denis Onyango and central defender Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, one could easily depict Waiswa was head and shoulders above the rest of the crop.

Waiswa has not excuses whatsoever for the day’s harsh weather conditions with rains that flooded the playing surface to hinder quicker movement of the ball;

As footballers, we face and play in all conditions. The rain is not an excuse at all because we always play in such conditions. I think it was not just our day to score but we shall keep working hard to clean the grey areas and improve in the next matches.

He also appreciates the technical team led by French national Sebastien Desabre, fellow players and the fans for all the support accorded to him;

I want to categorically thank all the coaches, my fellow teammates and fans for the courage given to me throughout the training sessions and during the match. I promise to improve for the better.

Uganda Cranes will return to action in October with a double header against Southern African country Lesotho.


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