Uganda Cranes' Henry Kalungi giving to charity. He posed with one of the under-privileged children at Buganda Road playground Credit: © Kawowo Sports | EDGAR KAZIBWE

Uganda Cranes’ defender Henry Kalungi has revealed he is still committed to the national team – The Cranes – despite missing out on several call ups ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

[/media-credit] Uganda Cranes’ Henry Kalungi giving to charity. He posed with one of the under-privileged children at Buganda Road playground Credit: © Kawowo Sports | EDGAR KAZIBWE

Kalungi was voted best defensive player of the year at United Soccer League club Charlotte Independence following his impressive performances since return from injury last year.

Talking up the national team at Buganda Road playground where he gave to charity on Wednesday, Kalungi – who has taken a while without featuring for Uganda Cranes – told Kawowo Sports, he is ready to support the team all the way as they take to Gabon for the first time since 1978, hoping to make a timely return to the fold.

[/media-credit] Henry Kalungi aka ‘Father Christmas’ guiding children on different ways to defend. His – Henry Kalungi Foundation – gave away to charity for the under-privileged children earlier today Credit: © Kawowo Sports | EDGAR KAZIBWE

“As a player there are things i can not control, i put myself in a good position. At my club (Charlotte Independence) i was the defensive player of the year but the technical team does their job, as a player, i do my job,” Kalungi said.

So i know the’re alot of people wondering if ‘i quit the national team, whats going with me?’ am still committed to the national team, am going to represent my country the best way i can.

“If am not on the national team, i am still going to support the team 100%. The team is winning, they are going in Gabon to play Africa Cup of Nations, am Ugandan.

Am not going to put my personal interests ahead of the nation, so am still going to support the national team and God has plans for everyone, so when my chance comes, i will be back playing.

In late June of this year, Kalungi ascended to the United Soccer League team of the week following his spectacular performance in Charlotte Independence’s 3-1 win over Harrisburg City Islanders at FNB Field.

[/media-credit] Uganda Cranes’ Henry Kalungi Credit: Photo Credits | Henry Kalungi

He was later retained as a Charlotte Independence player for the next season alongside other 10 players from last season’s USL playoff team.

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

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