Abdu Lumala on Onyango's experience in the Uganda Cranes squad
Abdu Lumala on Onyango's experience in the Uganda Cranes squad
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Abdu Lumala on Onyango's experience in the Uganda Cranes squad

​Uganda national team attacker Abdu Lumala believes that goalkeeper Denis Onyango will make a great impact in the Cranes' Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

The 21-year-old who is on loan with Syrianska from Kalmar FF is currently with the squad in Abu Dhabi ahead of their preparation for the continental showpiece to take place from June 21.

In an interview with Daily Monitor, Lumala revealed that Onyango brings immense experience and boasts confidence that will be enough to inspire the team to perform better.

“To have such a person, such a goalkeeper in the group is humbling. It gives us great confidence in having the best goalkeeper in Africa and club football. You want such a leader in the team and I’m honoured to play with him," Lumala said.

“Against DRC, Egypt, and Zimbabwe I don’t think it’s too much to ask. Already we have leaders in the team and most players have been around for a long time now. It gives us the new players great confidence,” Lumala continued.

“Of course everyone is expecting Egypt and DRC to progress to the next round but our intention is to take one game at a time. Get into the first game against DRC and win and then we look to the next. It’s a game plan the coach is telling us.”

Uganda Cranes will face Ivory Coast in a friendly on June 15 before they proceed to Egypt for the tournament.

Uganda have been drawn in Group A of the tournament, alongside hosts Egypt, Zimbabwe, and DR Congo.

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