Police Football club midfielder Yusuf Ssozi started his first game for the Uganda Cranes during the return leg against Burundi in the 2020 Championship of Africa Nations (Chan) qualifier at the Star Times Stadium, Lugogo in Kampala.
Ssozi lasted for the entire duration of the game, largely impressing during Uganda Cranes’ 3-0 win on the evening.
Fahad Bayo, Viane Ssekajugo and Allan Okello scored
for Uganda, progressing 6-0 on aggregate to book a fifth consecutive berth to
the continental showpiece.
Ssozi was deployed alongside KCCA’s Nicholas Kasozi
as the two holding midfield players in a match that the hosts entirely
dominated from start to finish.
The former AFC Leopards and Paidha Black Angels
midfielder is humbled by the trust vested into him by the technical team and
the collective display from his teammates.
I am delighted having been trusted and given the opportunity to represent my country, Uganda against Burundi. Playing 90 minutes is another testament of my abilities. I thank the coaches, my fellow teammates, media and fans who all gave me the encouragement. I am looking forward such continued displays and even better.
Yusuf Ssozi, midfielder
In the game, the technical team led by Abdallah
Mubiru called for all the three mandatory changes.
Youngster Bright Anukani, who features at Proline
replaced URA’s Shafiq Kuchi Kagimu 10 minutes into the second half.
Mike Mutyaba, a KCCA player was then rested for Viane Ssekajugo on 65 minutes before Dan Muzeyi Sserunkuma was the late change for club mate Bayo.
Ssozi has confessed that he will remain focused and he looks forward cementing his place in the national team.
IT TAKES COMMITMENT TO PLAY FOOTBALL. I WILL REMAIN DETERMINED TO SUCCEED AT CLUB LEVEL AS I REMAIN AMONG THE POOL OF PLAYERS FOR THE NATIONAL TEAM.
Yusuf Ssozi, midfielder
Mubiru, who is also Ssozi’s coach at Police FC sung praises of Ssozi and believes he has more to deliver.
Ssozi started nervously but gained confidence as the game progressed. He has a bright future ahead.
Ssozi made his national team debut away in
Bujumbura during the first leg.
Uganda has now qualified for the fifth consecutive
Chan finals following earlier successes in 2011 (Sudan), South Africa (2013),
Rwanda (2016) and lately Morocco (2018).
Uganda Cranes XI: Charles Lukwago (GK), Paul Willa, Mustapha Kizza,
Halid Lwaliwa (Captain), John Revita, Yusuf Ssozi, Nicholas Kasozi, Allan
Okello, Fahad Bayo (78’ Dan Muzeyi Sserunkuma), Mike Mutyaba (65’ Viane
Ssekajugo), Shafiq Kagimu (55’ Bright Anukani)
Used: James Alitho (G.K), Musitafa Mujuzi, Allan Kayiwa,
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