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Cranes In Dubai: Jayden Onen Wants To ‘Make Mark’

Uganda Cranes attacking midfielder Jayden Onen says that he wants to make a mark on his first attempt with the team.

Onen is with the team in a training camp in Dubai to prepare for the forthcoming doubleheader with South Sudan in the AFCON Qualifiers next month.

This is the first call up and engagement for Onen with Uganda Cranes.

“Its fun and great to be with the lads here, I think everybody is willing to play for their national team, everyone back in London and Uganda have supported me and its up to me to make my mark and make them proud,” Onen said in an interview with Cranes media team.

“The first few days have been quite difficult, the boys struggled to get their Visa (clearance), we were here just with the European boys and Coach Alex, they are finally here and its great to have them, we are all working hard preparing for the South Sudan doubleheader.

“The boys have taken me on well, treating me like am a little brother, I think am the youngest here, its good to be here and learning from the good professionals.

“Like I said, my plans are to make my mark, keep working hard, make the manager pick me. And hopefully the team get to the AFCON and one day to the World Cup.”

Onen, born on 17th February 2001, the attacking midfielder currently plays for Reading B in England.

He played in the Arsenal Academy and featured for Brighton and Hove U21 team and Brentford B.

He added: “The weather is crazy here, it took me a while to adapt to it, the lads have helped me a lot, the coaching staff, the doctor preparing us well, they haven’t overloaded us and I think its going on well.”

Uganda has had an impressive start in Group B of the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers, sitting top of the log with four points from the opening two games – A win against Malawi and a goalless draw away to Burkina Faso.

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