Vipers SC and StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) star Halid Lwaliwa says himself and colleagues are looking to seizing the opportunity in Cameroon.

The defender was last week confirmed as captain of the Uganda Cranes at the 2020 Chan finals in Cameroon.

“As players,” he told Sunday Monitor, ‘We have our own goals both as a team and individually.

“Everyone of us is seeing an opportunity to use this Chan to market ourselves if we perform well.”

Lwaliwa, 22, was also quick to acknowledge Uganda’s shortcomings at their last four finals.

“Also,” added Lwaliwa, “We have an opportunity to do more in this tournament after four times failing to advance from the group.

“So this time we want to do our best to change that and even go further.

“As for me, captaining a team where there are even other senior players encourages me a lot.

“But it’s the experience and learning from these experienced players that adds a lot to me.”

Cranes coach Johnny McKinstry is confident his man will lead the team well.

“As our captain,” said McKinstry, “He had served so well over the last year, including breaking into the Senior Cranes team.

“He will be supported by a group of four or five senior players, who will be asked to take on the mantle of working alongside Halid to provide a good atmosphere.’

Lwaliwa also captained Vipers to last season’s league title, as well as Uganda to the 2019 Cecafa trophy.

The Cranes open their Chan campaign on January 18 against Rwanda.  Morocco and Togo are the other group opponents.

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