Uganda Cranes player, Aucho Khalid who was suspended from the team’s camp over misconduct when he failed to adhere to the National team Code of Conduct, has shown remorse for his actions.
Uganda Cranes is currently in camp preparing for two crucial Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifiers against Burkina Faso and Malawi due next week.
The players are required among other things to seek permission first from the head coach in case they are to miss from the camp as well as using FUFA’s official means of transport from the airport to the camp. This is partly aimed as ensuring the players’ safety amidst the COVID19 pandemic.
Football governing body, FUFA, said on arriving at the airport, Aucho refused to board the official means of transport organised to pick him from Entebbe International Airport to the team camp at Cranes Paradise Hotel-Kisasi and had not even reported to camp by Friday since his arrival in the country.
In a statement on Sunday, the player who plies his trade in Egypt, admits to wrongdoing and seeks forgiveness from Ugandans, teammates and FUFA.
“Am remorseful and I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension from the national team camp for the forthcoming AFCON qualifiers against Burkina Faso and Malawi. I regret my actions and am ready to put this behind me as it is a dream to represent my country,” writes Aucho.
“To FUFA, fellow players, fans, family and friends, I can only say am sorry. I also accept the fact that many of you will not believe my apology or anything that I say at this point but this is the only official statement and it is from the bottom of my heart,” he added before wishing the team success.
The Cranes who are second in group B on seven points held their second day training on Sunday morning from St. Mary’s Kitende Stadium after the first one on Saturday from Omondi Stadium in Lugogo.
A win for Uganda against Burkina Faso in Kampala on Wednesday will see them qualify for their third successive AFCON tournament after spending nearly 40 years without qualifying for the Nations Cup.
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is scheduled to be held in Cameroon next year. It was due to played between 9 January and 6 February 2021, but had to be re-arranged due to the global COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on qualifying fixtures.