Monday May 11, 2015. 10:37
Uganda Cranes Head Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has recalled experienced midfielder/defender Hassan Mawanda Wasswa as part of the team preparing for the 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers.
The SC Villa player who has been out of the national team for sometime told AfricanFootball.com that he is happy to be back in the national team and will continue to work hard so long,” said Wasswa on Saturday after training at the Philip Omondi Stadium, Lugogo.
Wasswa who played professional football in South Africa and Turkey has been instrumental in SC Villa’s title challenge in the 2015/2016 season which will come to a climax this week. SC Villa are second on the log behind SC Vipers and have the chance to win the title if they win the two remaining matches.
“We started training with some of the players as we target our preliminary game against Tanzania next month,” said Sredojevic.
The CHAN tournament is meant for players featuring for local clubs in their respective clubs. The 2016 event will take place in the Rwanda capital of Kigali.
Sredojevic said they have combined the training together with the U-23 team who will also face Rwanda in the first leg of the CAF U-23 Championship qualifier. The Coach said that they should be able to have all the players training after the Azam Uganda Premier League comes to a climax next week.
Speaking about the first leg against Tanzania on June 19th in Dar es salaam, the coach said he will not take the opponents for granted because they have a well experienced team which has played together for some time now. Uganda will face Sudan Sudan in the final hurdle of the qualifiers in October if they eliminate Tanzania.
Besides Wasswa who was part of the 2014 CHAN team in South Africa, the other experienced players invited include; Said Kyeyune, Robert Ssentongo and Farouk Miya who scored the lone goal in the Cranes 1-0 away win against Nigeria in March in an International friendly.