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CHAN 2020 Qualifiers: Madondo eager to prove worth after late inclusion in Cranes squad

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KCCA FC midfielder Nicholas Kasozi (L) tries to stop Busoga United striker Joel Madondo last season in Jinja | KCCA FC Image

Busoga United forward Joel Madondo was named part of the initial Uganda Cranes team that was preparing for the 2019 African Cup of Nations. But he pulled out of the squad as he underwent trials at Turkish side Ümraniyespor

Since then, he has been left out of the cold in the subsequent Cranes teams under interim head Coach Abdallah Mubiru.

As he was also left out of the 30-man provisional Uganda Cranes, that was to enter camp for the first leg of the African nations Championship qualifier against Burundi on Saturday.

Despite being considered one of the more consistent and potent goal-scorer in the local league, being overlooked did not deter him to continue putting in the good work with hope for a national team call up.

Superb displays against Bright Stars and BUL FC, netting in both including the goal of the season contender against the former in the Busoga derby at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru,

His late inclusion in the Cranes squad was inevitable, after Edrisa Lubega pulled out of the team with injury.

And this is a chance the striker is set on ceasing, to make his inclusion on the national team a consistent feature in the future.

“I am so happy to be included in the Uganda Cranes squad.” Madondo told

“Initially I wasn’t on the squad, but this made me work very hard at my club to impress the technical team as I hoped they would reconsider me and I thank God I did the same against Bright Stars and BUL FC and now am here,”

“It’s rare for such to happen, and I want to pay off the trust and faith the coaches have put in me by putting up a better display against Burundi, if given chance.” He added.

Madondo came on in the second half last evening in the barren stalemate against Uganda U-20 team, that are preparing for the CECAFA Championships in a practice match.

He will face stiff competition from Vipers SC attacking duo, Fahad Bayo and Daniel ‘Mzee’ Sserunkuma, for a place in the final 18-man squad that will travel to Bujumbura on Thursday.

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