SC Villa forward Bashir Mutanda has revealed that he has since the past, been waiting for a call up to the national team the Uganda Cranes.
The player is among the 31 local based Cranes players that are training at Lugogo ahead of the Regional tour this Saturday and an AFCON qualification game against Tanzania later this month.
Mutanda has been one of the most impressive performers in what has been a low season for SC Villa.
He has scored 13 league goals, three below current top scorer Juma Balinya (Police), and his call up to the Cranes, was inevitable.
“I take this as a big opportunity,” said Mutanda after the training session on Thursday at Lugogo. “I have been yearning for this chance for a long time, and am working hard so as I remain on the squad of nine players.”
It should be noted that only nine of the 31 players will be selected to go to and train with the foreign based players in Egypt ahead of the final qualification game Vs Tanzania.
“Am working well, I have scored good goals in training and I think the coach (Sebastien Desabre) has been impressed by my workouts.
Mutanda is one of the five strikers training at Lugogo – Juma Balinya, Dan Sserunkuma (Vipers), Patrick Kaddu (KCCA FC) and Joel Madondo (Kirinya Jinja SS) are the others.
Uganda Cranes will face Kampala select team on Saturday at Lugogo at 4 PM, a game that is free of charge (entrance).