President of the Uganda FA, Moses Magogo has said the Uganda Cranes have what it takes to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Speaking to MTNFootball.com in an interview at the FA headquarters in Mengo, the President said the majority of the players have now matured and can compete well with other big teams in the continent.
“Yes we have a few players like Denis Onyango, Tony Mawejje and Hassan Wasswa who have played in several Afcon campaign. But the rest are younger and also gained some good exposure,” explained Magogo who is seeking re-election as the Federation President when the elections take place August 5th.
The Uganda Cranes qualified for the 2017 Afcon after 39 years of waiting. However, during the tournament in Gabon they only managed a 1-all draw against Mali, while they lost by the similar 1-0 margin to both Egypt and Ghana in the group stage.
Magogo explained that although the national team qualified for the 2017 Afcon, as an FA their focus has been qualification for the 2019 Afcon in Cameroon.
“Making it to Gabon was a bonus and a good learning curve as we strategise to qualify again,” he added.
The President explained that they have tried to improve on several aspects like bringing in more sponsorship for the national team and more government support.
Uganda is drawn in Group L for the 2019 Afcon qualifiers alongside Cape Verde, Tanzania and Lesotho.