Uganda Cranes defender Bevis Mugabi has named his best achievement so far in the national team colours.
Mugabi, who plays for Motherwell, said that Uganda’s impressive run at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt stands out.
The Right back played all Cranes games except the last group game against Egypt where Nicholas Wadada was given a nod as then coach Sebastien Desabre made a rotation in his first team squad.
Uganda started the campaign with a 2-0 win over DR Congo thanks to goals from Patrick Kaddu and Emmanuel Okwi.
“The highlight for me with Uganda was definitely playing in the African Cup of Nations,” Mugabi told Motherwell Times.
“The game that stands out was the first game of the tournament when we beat Congo 2-0. “People were shocked by the way that we played and how we dominated the game.
“Congo had players from big leagues in and around Europe and they couldn’t get close to us.
“We were putting our name out there as one of the threats within the tournament. We caught a lot of teams by surprise.”
Uganda picked a 1-1 draw with Zimbabwe before a 2-0 loss to Egypt to finish behind the hosts in Group A with four points.
The Cranes, after an infamous strike due to players arrears prior to the knockout, lost to eventual finalists Senegal courtesy of a Sadio Mane strike.
Mugabi added: “Getting as far as we did and obviously getting out of the group stages, which we’d never done before, it was nice to be a part of history getting to the last 16.”
This, was the first time Uganda played at the AFCON knockout since 1978 where the side lost to hosts Ghana in the final 2-0.
“That’s definitely my biggest achievement so far with the Uganda national team for sure. My next ambition with Uganda is to qualify for the World Cup.”
Mugabi adds that he has harbors dreams of playing at the World Cup stage.
“Haven’t we all watched the World Cup since we were kids? I have a kind of crazy most vivid memory, it was when (Zinedine) Zidane headbutted Marco Materazzi (in the 2006 World Cup final between France and Italy).
“It was such a great tournament and something like that can happen to any of us.”
Uganda Cranes has never played at the World Cup but the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has repeatedly expressed their confidence in booking a ticket to the biggest stage soon.
Uganda Cranes is pooled in Group E of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in Africa alongside Mali, neighbors Kenya and Rwanda.
Bevis Mugabi and the Cranes will be hoping to top the group to advance to the third round.
At the third round, the ten group winners play home-and-away over two legs. The five winners qualify for the World Cup.