TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers, Cote D’Ivoire 2023
4th June 2022
Algeria V Uganda
(Oran Olympic Stadium, Oran)
8th June 2022
Uganda V Niger
(St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende)
England-based striker Ibra Sekajja has expressed his readiness to represent Uganda at the forthcoming 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
The Dulwich Hamlet star is one of the three players summoned by Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic to assess their quality.
Micho said Sekajja,
Odokonyero Nathan and Tirhys Luknyomoi need to prove their qualities in comparison with the rest of the players.
And Sekajja is banking on his experience to secure a place in the final squad before the team flies out to North Africa.
“I thank the coach for giving me this opportunity. But I feel, it has taken long to even be here. I feel so happy and I can’t wait to score goals to help the team win games,” Sekajja said after Thursday’s training.
“For me, I have played in top seven different leagues and all the leagues are different, coaches are different, tactics differ so it has helped (me) to adapt. I don’t think I will find any challenges adapting to the system of the national team coach.”
The 29-year old goal poacher is a product of English Premier League side Crystal Palace and has played for a couple of teams including Inverness CT, Bognor Regis, MK Dons, Livingston, Barnet etc.
He wants to be a member of Uganda Cranes squad that will secure a place back to Africa Cup of Nations.
Uganda Cranes is in Group F alongside Algeria, Niger and neighbours Tanzania.
Giving his opinion about the group, Sekajja said: “In our group, we have a chance of qualifying but Algeria will give us the hardest time. Good enough we are taking on Algeria first in the group and it will give us a clear picture as players to prepare for other games.”
Uganda will face Algeria on 4th June in Oran before hosting Niger four days later at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.