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‘Ugandan players ready to prove they deserve a place in Chan’ – Mawejje

Cranes will face Cameroon in a mini-competition in preparation for the real tournament

Uganda Midfielder Tony Mawejje said his colleagues were prepared and ready for the pre-African Nations Championship tournament (Chan) and ultimately the competition itself.

Cranes were invited to the mini-tournament alongside the hosts Cameroon, Zambia and Niger. The seasoned midfielder further confirmed that every player is ready and excited for the games.

“All the players are in very good condition”, Mawejje, who has made 83 appearances for the East African nation, said.

“Obviously we traveled well and were able to do our first training session here in Cameroon.

“The atmosphere in the camp is great, the boys are bouncing back and giving their all in training. The attitude and mentality is great. You can see that everyone is in top shape and we have it. Looks determined to take on the task as we continue our preparations.

“We can’t wait for the current tournament as the players are getting ready to go out there and prove they deserve their place on the team.”

The Cranes will begin their campaign against the Indomitable Lions on Friday, December 1.

They will then resume action on January 4 against Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s Zambia before concluding with a match against Niger on January 7.

Uganda is one of the guest teams for the mini-tournament, which will be used by most participating teams to assess their readiness ahead of the Chan tournament which will also be held in Cameroon.

Cameroon have been pooled in Group A of the Chan tournament with Mali, Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe, while Group B includes Libya, DR Congo, Congo and Niger.

Group C has Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda and Togo while Group D includes Zambia, Guinea, Namibia and Tanzania. Two high-level teams will reach the knockout stage.

The Cranes, who will participate in their fifth consecutive Chan tournament after playing in the 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2018 editions, will face Rwanda on January 18 at the Unification Stadium in Douala, before taking on Togo on January 22. at the same place.

The last group match will take place on January 26 against Morocco.

KCCA players will join their colleagues for the tournament after their CAF Confederation Cup match with As Kigali.

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