Denis Onyango feels future looks bright for Uganda, despite early AFCON exit
Posted: 24 January 2017 Time: 10:09
Denis Onyango believes Uganda’s inclusion in the 2017 African Nations Cup can prove a huge boon for the team, despite their early exit from the continental competition.
The Cranes head into the final round of Group D fixtures, against Mali on Wednesday, with only pride on the line, with the side sitting on zero points after losing to Ghana and Egypt in their opening two AFCON games, leaving them mathematically unable to progress.
Mamelodi Sundowns keeper Onyango, though, believes even their shortcomings in Gabon have positives, with Uganda to face Group D rivals Ghana and Egypt in 2018 World Cup qualifying action later this year.
Speaking ahead of their final Group D fixture, an upbeat Onyango told The Star: “This Afcon was good for the guys because we still have to play Ghana and Egypt in the  World Cup qualifiers.
“We have seen the way they play the game and how tactical they are. We believe this will help us in the coming games because we are playing Egypt next [in the World Cup qualifiers].
“It’s very important for us to stay focused, who knows Uganda might be at the World Cup. You must believe. Playing in the World Cup with the national team is the only thing that’s now missing from my career.”