Uganda Cranes forward Brian Aheebwa is currently selling like hot cake given his recent good performances with his club side KCCA FC were he has scored 10 goals in six games.
However, the above doesn’t guarantee him an automatic starting berth for the Cranes at the 2020 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN).
Ahbeebwa will face competition from the experienced Muhammad Shaban and another in-form forward in Ben Ocen for a role as the main centre forward of the team.
Although he’s top in the pecking order, the 22-year-old will have to prove to head coach Johnathan McKinstry and his technical team that he can emulate with the national team what he has managed in a short spell at KCCA.
“I want to do the best in my position and with the help and guidance from the coaches and players, I will score goals,” Aheebwa told FUFA on Tuesday before adding.
“I did not start off with the team because I was engaged with my club but I am glad to have joined the team, we are training well and ready to go.”
“We are here to represent our country and get good results. Playing at this stage is some of the challenges I have always dreamt about,” he said.
For starters, Aheebwa joined KCCA in the August transfer window and has gone on to score seven league goals in five games and a hat-trick on his continental debut as the Kasasiro Boys bowed out of the CAF Confederations Cup at the hand of Rwandan side AS Kigali.
It’s such a brilliant start to life in a new environment that has elavated his status amongst Ugandan football fans.
He was part of the Cranes squad that played in a doubleheader against South Sudan in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in November, however he was an unused substitute in both ties.
Uganda is in Group C of this year’s CHAN edition alongside neighbours Rwanda, reigning champions Morocco and West African side Togo.
This tournament kicks off on Saturday, January 16 with hosts Cameroon facing Zimbabwe and the Cranes don’t play until Monday, January 18 when they get their campaign underway against Rwanda.