Police Football club midfielder Yusuf Ssozi has revealed he is delighted at the chance he was accorded to feature for the Uganda Cranes.
The outfit was playing their return leg against Burundi in the 2020 Championship of Africa Nations (Chan) qualifier at the Star Times Stadium, Lugogo in Kampala.
Ssozi lasted for the entire duration of the game, largely impressing during Uganda Cranes’ 3-0 win on the evening.
Fahad Bayo, Viane Ssekajugo and Allan Okello scored for Uganda, progressing 6-0 on aggregate to book a fifth consecutive berth to the continental showpiece.
The former AFC Leopards and Paidha Black Angels midfielder said he was humbled by the trust vested into him by the technical team and the collective display from his teammates.
I AM DELIGHTED HAVING BEEN TRUSTED AND GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT MY COUNTRY, UGANDA AGAINST BURUNDI. PLAYING 90 MINUTES IS ANOTHER TESTAMENT OF MY ABILITIES. I THANK THE COACHES, MY FELLOW TEAMMATES, MEDIA AND FANS WHO ALL GAVE ME THE ENCOURAGEMENT. I AM LOOKING FORWARD SUCH CONTINUED DISPLAYS AND EVEN BETTER.Yusuf Ssozi, midfielder
Ssozi confessed that he will remain focused and he looks forward cementing his place in the national team.
IT TAKES COMMITMENT TO PLAY FOOTBALL. I WILL REMAIN DETERMINED TO SUCCEED AT CLUB LEVEL AS I REMAIN AMONG THE POOL OF PLAYERS FOR THE NATIONAL TEAM.Yusuf Ssozi, midfielder
Mubiru, who is also Ssozi’s coach at Police FC sung praises of Ssozi and believes he has more to deliver.
SSOZI STARTED NERVOUSLY BUT GAINED CONFIDENCE AS THE GAME PROGRESSED. HE HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD.
Ssozi made his national team debut away in Bujumbura during the first leg.
Uganda has now qualified for the fifth consecutive Chan finals following earlier successes in 2011 (Sudan), South Africa (2013), Rwanda (2016) and lately Morocco (2018).
Uganda Cranes XI: Charles Lukwago (GK), Paul Willa, Mustapha Kizza, Halid Lwaliwa (Captain), John Revita, Yusuf Ssozi, Nicholas Kasozi, Allan Okello, Fahad Bayo (78’ Dan Muzeyi Sserunkuma), Mike Mutyaba (65’ Viane Ssekajugo), Shafiq Kagimu (55’ Bright Anukani)
Substitutes Not Used: James Alitho (G.K), Musitafa Mujuzi, Allan Kayiwa, Saidi Kyeyune