Uganda Cranes' Tonny Mawejje attempts to go past a Congo Brazzaville player Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO
[/media-credit] Tonny Mawejje takes on a Botswana opponent during the successful 2017 AFCON qualification campaign

Uganda Cranes veteran midfielder Tonny Mawejje has over the years been a loyal and diligent servant for the national team.

For over a decade now, Mawejje’s exemplary leadership both on and off the playing field as well as  the outstanding performances capped by crucial odd goals home and away, have all never been in question.

[/media-credit] Tonny Mawejje in action against Zimbabwe in a friendly in June.

To an abrupt twist of the tide, Mawejje, who has of late been playing in Iceland for relegated Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur latched an open onslaught to the critics in regards to his display during the Uganda Cranes slim 1-0 victory against Congo Brazzaville at Namboole.

Out of anger possibly, Mawejje took to his official face book page and posted

Self-esteem is my daily menu..the guy in me is a Masterpiece.
I’ve been tested, weighed, tried …name it.
So your negative words can’t do nothing to my attitude. brother Learn to have some Respect

To where the end meets, Mawejje needs to do much of the talking on the field of play like he has always done in his illustrious career capped by helping Uganda qualify to the AFCON 2017 finals, for the first time in over 38 years.

Criticism aside, Mawejje remains a key pillar of Coach Milutin Sredejovic’s plans as the team prepares for the Gabon football fiesta in January 2017.

After all, the former Masaka Local Council, URA and KCC (now KCCA) player has already stated that he wants to use the AFCON 2017 tournament as a stepping stone to getting lucrative offers in Europe where he will earn his bread and butter for the latter part of his largely blossoming career.

During the off-season, Mawejje has been training (on individual level) at Lido beach with ball sessions at Zana Select.

Tonny Mawejje with his award during the 2015 FUFA Awards. He won the best player (outside leagues)

As the Cranes started the non-residential training on Wednesday at Namboole, he was among the 10 players who braved the heavy rains to report for duty (exhibiting his level of passion and commitment once again).

This was handsomely paid off with a goal against The Saints in a closed door match at Nakivubo stadium on Thursday.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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