Skipper Andrew Mwesigwa has urged his Uganda national football team colleagues to be cautious of their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group, stressing that every side should be taken “seriously”.

The former SC Villa defender, pleaded for caution and early preparations after Afcon 2017 qualifiers were announced in Cairo, Egypt yesterday.

“There is no easy draw until you qualify and Uganda is not taking it for granted. We have to take the group serious and I am very sure a good beginning will be key for qualification in this group.”

“We have to start early preparations and make the best selections and get the entire country to support the team,” Mwesigwa told

“Every African team has a chance to qualify however weak or strong the group may be because in today’s football we no longer have underdogs,” he added.

Uganda Cranes were drawn in Group D against 2013 finalists Burkina Faso, Botswana and the Comoros for the continent’s football ultimate showpiece that will take place in Gabon.

Cranes have fallen short at the final hurdle in their last three campaigns. They have failed to got past Guinea, Zambia and Kenya in the last three qualifying campaigns for the final tournament.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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