Abdul Karim Watambala targets Cranes debut

Vipers SC midfielder Abdul Karim Watambala is hopeful of making it to the final Uganda Cranes squad for the double-header tie against South Sudan.

Cranes will lock horns with South Sudan on November 12th and 16th respectively in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Johnathan McKinstry coached side is in the camp at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo preparing for the tie.

According to Watambala, his main objective is to be among those lining up to play for his country.

“We are really prepared and working on our weaknesses so that we play South Sudan when we are strong,” Watambala was quoted saying.

“I pray that if I make it to the final squad, I just wish to have a goal for the senior team or at least make an assist.”

“Am not scared of the competition because it happens everywhere and I am prepared,” he added.

Watambala targets professional football

Watambala also believe that making it to the Cranes squad will give him a chance of playing abroad. 

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“I am looking forward to make it to the senior team because I want to make it to any professional team outside Uganda at an early age.”

“That is why I am working harder because this team contains a number of professional players which prepares for professional football.”

“Am using every opportunity available on Cranes to see that I achieve my goals,” he noted.

Only five or six local-based players will be considered in the final squad.

Local-based players:

Goalkeepers:  Alionzi Nafian (URA FC), Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Mutakubwa Joel (Kyetume FC

Defenders:  Ndahiro Derrick (Sc Villa), Galiwango Disan (Vipers SC), Willa Paul (Vipers SC), Mandela Ashraf (URA), Iguma Denis (KCCA FC), Kato Samuel (KCCA FC), Juuko Murushid (Express FC), Lwaliwa Halid (Vipers SC), Mbowa Patrick ( URA FC)

Midfielders:  Mawejje Tony (Police FC), Kyeyune Saidi (URA FC), Kagimu Shafiq (URA FC), Watambala Karim (Vipers SC), Owori David ( Sc Villa), Anukani Bright (KCCA FC)

Forwards:  Oriti Ibrahim (Vipers Sc), Karisa Milton (Vipers SC), Mukwala Stephen (URA FC), Ahebwa Brian (KCCA FC).

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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