Uganda Cranes are expected to resume training sometime next month ahead of the must-win 2017 Afcon qualifier against Comoros.

But with the national team coach Micho Sredojevic still enjoying his leave, the players are not lost on the task that awaits them.

Cranes midfielder Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, who is also on holiday, says the team knows what is at stake and will ‘die a little’ to erase the past near-misses that have seen Uganda miss the Nations Cup finals for close to 40 years.

“I have been part of the disappointing heartaches before but that has got to stop because everyone is tired,” said Wasswa at a joint Fufa-Airtel press conference on Wednesday.

“The team is technically better now and I can confidently promise, the last minute pain won’t happen again especially if the 12th player (the fans) does their job at Namboole,” vowed the Al Shorta (Iraq) player.

Uganda only need victory over Comoros on the weekend of September 2-4 to qualify either automatically or as one of the two second best placed teams. The Cranes were last at the Nations Cup finals in 1978.