Uganda Cranes: Luwagga Wants To Inspire Youngsters

Israeli-based Uganda Cranes attacker William Kizito Luwagga is so happy to return to the national team set up after a long while away.

Luwaga was a very important player of then coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s team as the Cranes historically qualified to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, and the 2019 edition under coach Sebastien Desabre in Egypt.

However, following a number of reasons, amongst others reportedly falling out with Micho saw Hapoel Rishon LeZionh player kept a distance from the national team.

The pacy winger is back to the national team fold ahead of the upcoming 2026 FIFA Wold Cup Qualifiers against Guinea and Somalia.

“It is always a pleasure to come back to the National Team. I’m always ready and working hard to represent my country,” Luwaga expressed after making coach Paul Put’s last 27-man squad.

“I’m delighted to be here and try to help my country to do well,” Luwaga added.

Mali’s defender Ousmane Coulibaly (R) challenges Uganda’s forward Luwagga William Kizito (ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Luwagga believes he will play an exemplary role to some of the youngsters on the team with the Uganda Cranes undergoing transition.

“I need to be an example to the young players on the team.”

“I have not played with most of them but this is an opportunity for me to share knowledge with them and also learn from them. We definitely have a good team and as players we only have to step up and do what is required of us.”

Uganda will face Guinea on 17th November 2023 at Stade du Municipal in Berkane, Morocco before facing Somalia four days later at the same venue.

The Uganda Cranes are in Group G alongside Somalia, Guinea, Algeria, Botswana and Mozambique.



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