Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre handed Bashir Mutanda a call-up to the 46-man provisional squad that will prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania on March 24.
Mutanda has been tipped as one of the best players in the Uganda Premier League this 2018/19 season.
Whereas his team SC Villa has struggled, the forward has had a scintillating run scoring 12 goals and currently in the race for the top scorer’s gong.
His performance attracted the attention of Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre who named him in the 46-man provisional squad that will prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania on March 24.
Mutanda believes the call is an indicator that he has improved as a player and hopes to work harder.
"I am happy that I have earned a call to the national team. It is a great step in my career and that calls for me to work harder to keep impressing the coaches," he said.
Mutanda takes the call with both hands and believes this will spur him to work even harder.
"I have been waiting for this chance. Every player’s dream is to play for the national team and I don’t take this call lightly. I have to work hard so that I remain on the squad."
Desabre named a 46-man squad on Monday, March 4 inclusive of 15 foreign-based and 31 local-based players.
The locally based players will start training on March 11 at Lugogo before playing a trial match against Kampala Region select on the March 16 from where nine players will be selected to join the 15 foreign-based group for the training camp in Egypt.
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