Uganda Cranes player Hassan Wasswa has revealed he will not be part of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The defensive midfielder has been part of the national team setup since 2006 and has made 76 appearances.
He was part of the team that played in Africa’s elite competition played in Egypt. However, the veteran is now keen on letting others get their chance.
“Any time, I will be retiring from international football, I know by the next Afcon, I will have left the team to give young boys space but for now, I feel, I still have the energy to play for my country and I love it so much,” Waswa is quoted by Sports256.
“But what I want to tell the young players is to work so hard so that whenever they get the chance to put on the national team jersey, they are worth it in reference to performances.
“Personally, whenever I come to play for the national team, I come wholeheartedly. I give my best but some players come with fear, thinking they can’t displace the seniors.”
The 32-year-old was part of Cranes team for 2017 and 2019 editions held in Gabon and Egypt respectively and has explained the difference.
“When we qualified [for the Gabon finals], there was a lot of excitement, but then we had a big hurdle to jump..
“When we sat with Fufa President [Moses] Magogo, he told us to fight to make it from the group stages. And then, the second tournament you could easily see we were better. Teams had respect for us and they were talking about us,” Waswa revealed.
The currently clubless Wasswa was omitted from Johnathan McKinstry squad for the 2021 Afcon qualifiers against Burkina Faso and Malawi and has stated he did not take it negatively.
“As players, we talk with the coach so he will always tell you the reasons he has not called you,” he stated.
“Personally, I am clubless now which is really understandable to everyone and fellow players are out there working for the same places because the national team means the best players at that moment.”
Many players take coaching after hanging their boots, but the Ugandan has revealed it is not his cup of tea.
“I don’t think I wish to join coaching, but rather, I am thinking of doing more work on my farms when I retire from active football. Being that I have played professional football for so long, I am also thinking of helping young boys by advising them on how to handle and invest the money they get because some get excited and mishandle it.
“And I must say football is good business for many young boys coming up.”