Coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic announced on Monday that KCCA FC forward Geoffrey Sserunkuma will captain The Cranes in the African Nations Championship (Chan) campaign, reports JOHN VIANNEY NSIMBE.
The Cranes begin their 2018 Chan qualification campaign against South Sudan this Friday in Juba. It will be the first time the two teams are meeting in a Caf qualifier. Equally, it will be Geoffrey Sserunkuma’s first time as Cranes captain, a reward for his impressive performance this year.
“Without goals, it is impossible to win matches. But with Sserunkuma in the team, he is a reliable player in front of goal,” Micho said. Sserunkuma has scored 33 goals for KCCA in all competitions this season.
In fact, it is Sserunkuma again, who scored for Cranes in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations opening qualifier against Cape Verde recently in a 1-0 win. This is a mark of Sserunkuma’s consistency.
Furthermore, Sserunkuma has shown a high level of maturity plus discipline, which can help guide the younger players. With added responsibility, Sserunkuma should be fired up to lead by example.
Micho’s decision caught Sserunkuma by surprise, although it is also one that fills him with honour. Sserunkuma first played for The Cranes back in 2004, but he had never been named captain before.
At the last Chan tournament in Rwanda, Sserunkuma came off the bench to score a late leveller against Zimbabwe in a one-all draw. Then, he saved Uganda’s blushes. This time he is a mainstay expected to deliver Cranes to a third successive Chan tournament.