Veteran Midfielder Tonny Mawejje has assured Ugandans that the Cranes have gone in Cameroon to compete.
Mawejje and the rest of the Uganda Cranes contingent have set off at 3pm for CHAN in Cameroon.
The team will first play a mini tournament with hosts, Niger and Zambia.
“We have not gone to participate, we have gone to compete with the rest of the teams and comeback with something at home,” said Mawejje at Entebbe International Airport before the set off.
Mawejje, who joined Police FC from Al-Arabi in Kuwait, is the most experienced player on the team and will bank on his exposure to carry the boys.
The CHAN finals will kickoff on January 16 and end on February 7, 2021.
Uganda face Morocco, Rwanda and Togo in their group.
Morocco won the last edition, the 2018 finals, as hosts in a tournament Uganda finished third in Group B with a point off a goalless draw against Ivory Coast.
The Cranes who missed the first edition in 2009, took part in Sudan 2011, South Africa 2014 and Rwanda 2016 but are yet to go past the group stages.
The 25-man squad left without KCCA FC players who are expected to join the team after their CAF Confederation Cup game against AS Kigali on January 5/6, 2021.