New Vision (Kampala)

2 December 2012

Uganda: We Are Ever Ready - Wasswa

HASSAN Wasswa Mawanda took over the arms band after Geoffrey Walusimbi refused to take the role and the well-built midfielder spared time to explain to Julius Senyimba how well the team prepared for the challenge ahead.

How would you describe the mood in the camp going into the CECAFA?

I must say the mood is fantastic! The quality of the players is decent, their strength is also amazing and I think it is because of the gym. Their body conditionings, strength, and mental is good and I should say the team is ready to lift the trophy.

Which teams do you count as the favourites?

I will not mention any because that is out of my reach. In a tournament, there are favourites and underdogs who at times shock many, all teams are equal when it comes to such a juncture.

From an individual point of view, what are your ambitions?

My ambition as the captain is to fight and keep the trophy.

Winning this title is the only way we can reward our fans after a disappointing Nations Cup campaign!

Was there any pressure before the group games started?

Ahh...no ammh there was no pressure at all although it was the group of death. We have a better team, and we have played each game like a cup final!

How is the accommodation at the Rivonia suites?

The accommodation is far-fetched! It is a good place to be, sleep and enjoy your good times. Their reception is good, the local dishes are class and I strongly ponder all players have enjoyed and would love to go back for the next time! It is a silent place with few people around and the best thing at the place is their well-equipped gym with good instructors helping you out.

We all got the news about the drugs on the plane, what really happened?

All I can say is I was not guilty that is why I am here talking to you but not in jail serving the sentence. The press did what they do best, is to add salt on the wound and sold many copies as possible, which they did well for over a week!

However, I think this is too personal and I would love to stop here.

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