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Kigonya in training ahead of Uganda's AFCON qualifiers showdown with Burkina Faso

Kigonya elated with return to Cranes

By Martin Kaddu

AFCON 2021 qualifiers: Uganda vs Burkina Faso on Wednesday – March 24 – 2021 in Kitende, 4 PM

Mathias Kigonya believes that they have worked very hard and deserved to be recalled to Uganda’s national football team, Uganda Cranes.

For some time, questions had been raised as to why the Azam FC goalkeeper was not summoned to the Cranes despite his great performances at his respective clubs. However, Kigonya was included in the 31-man squad summoned by interim coach Abdullah Mubiru for the Wednesday clash against Burkina Faso at the St Mary’s stadium, Kitende in the AFCON 2021 group B qualifiers and a trip to Malawi three days later.

“I have tried to be consistent in performance at the club level. I think I have worked hard and deserve the call-up. It is, however, not about me but working as a team and helping the team win,” Kigonya revealed after the Sunday morning training in Kitende.

Despite looking impossible, the former Bright Stars custodian believes that he can challenge the status quo for a starting slot.

Longest-serving player and captain Denis Onyango, Salim Jamal, and Charles Lukwago are Kigonya’s challengers.

Kigonya last featured for Uganda in the 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda.

The former Sofapaka and Forest Rangers’ goalkeeper has 7 caps thus far. Meanwhile, the Burkina Faso contingent arrived on Sunday and started training on Monday (March 22nd).

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