Striker Emmanuel Okwi says he is looking forward to meeting the Uganda Cranes technical team and players in a new capacity as captain.
The Al Lttihad striker made those remarks during an interview with Fufa.co.ug just days after he was named the new captain of the Cranes.
He replaces the retired Denis Onyango who announced he had quit national team football last month.
Okwi will first lead-out the Cranes in a friendly against South Africa on June 10.
About the new role in the team, Okwi thanked God for the opportunity and the technical team plus players for the trust they exhibited in him.
“Thank you so much. First of all, I thank God for this opportunity I have got to lead my country. For every leadership opportunity comes from the Lord. I also take this opportunity once again to thank the technical team and players for the trust they have showed in me.
“I am still trying to soak it in (this new role). It is something so huge and an honor that should not be taken for granted. The previous captains Geofrey Massa and Dennis Onyango were exemplary leaders. I learnt a lot from them. I will blend their leadership qualities with mine to serve the Nation.”
With the retirement of assistant captain Hassan Wasswa and midfielder Mike Azira, either side of Onyango’s, Okwi is one of the most experienced players left on the team.
He has featured for the team in both the 2017 and 2019 AFCON finals.
Despite the experience, he still thinks that captain the national team comes with extra responsibility.
“It is something huge that comes with alot of responsibilities. To play for the National Senior Team is already huge. You can imagine what it means to lead the team.”
Okwi also went on to note that he is excited to meet his peers for the first time as captain.
“Indeed it is a new chapter that I am excited about and looking forward to meeting players in a different leadership capacity on the National team. It is going to be nice meeting the players and coaches again.”
Okwi has been pivotal for the side in the past couple of years and has always been one of the first teams on the team-sheet.
He is always understood to have been in good communication terms with the technical team although he has not spoken to them since he was named as captain.
“To be honest we have not shared a lot with the technical team yet but I believe we have enough time to go through all the plans when I touch base and join the camp next week.”
Following the departure of several senior players, Okwi will lead a transition period in the Cranes team as more youngsters look to be ushered into the set up.
The fans are understood to be excited about a new-look side and can not wait to see them in action for the first time on June 10.
Okwi says that he thanks them for always supporting the team and notes that the Cranes will be banking on their unconditional support again.
“I thank the Uganda Cranes fans for the support they have given us in the past and we shall keep banking on their unconditional supporting with the team through thick and thin. We shall always try to do our best to get the right results and make them happy. I know how much the Uganda Cranes touches every heart for each Ugandan.”