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Mpande Thriving In Vietnam Amidst Challenges, Targets Cranes Return

Joseph Mpande is persevering abroad amidst challenges and the forward is targeting a return to the Uganda Cranes fold.

Having won the 2014/15 Uganda Premier League title with Vipers SC, 2012/13 CECAFA Cup with Cranes not to mention the Masaza Cup with Kyadondo, Mpande moved on to a new challenge abroad.

He left Vipers to join Horizon FC in Myanmar in 2016, before moving to Yangon FC where he won the league title and scooped the top scorers’ boot in 2017 and 2018.

He later switched clubs to play for Handthawaddy before signing for Hải Phòng in the Vietnam League 1.

“Life is not bad here though quite different weather from that in Uganda,” Mpande told The-SportsNation.

“The food mostly eaten here is Rice so I miss Ugandan food, and the Language is another barrier and we have to use translators but of course they can’t help on the pitch as you know.”

Mpande says that he has kept moving because of his determination.

“I have sacrificed many things for the betterment of my performance and of course, one has to be disciplined,” he adds.

“But above all God has also been on my side. Even the desire to reach my target has helped me push harder. Patience and also being comfortable and versatile as in to fit in any system of play.”

Joseph Mpande. Observer photo

He advised other players to stay focused, remain disciplined, prayerful, determined and maintain hardwork.

The striker last played for Uganda Cranes during the 2014 CHAN tournament in South Africa.

He added: “My target is to shine on every moment and time I get chance to play. And also to play in more high profile leagues and even playing for my country once again.”

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