Uganda international Travis Mutyaba is hoping his TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) experience can inspire his nation to success at the U20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
In a recent conversation with CAFOnline, the SC Villa teenager revealed he has put the CHAN 2022 disappointment behind him.
Mutyaba, 17, has bigger plans going into the 23th edition of the U20 AFCON which starts on 19 February.
“My goals for the AFCON tournament in Egypt is to take my motherland to the World Cup and to be the best player in the tournament,” Mutyaba revealed.
Uganda are pitted in U20 AFCON Group B, alongside the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Congo.
Mutyaba was a part of the Uganda Cranes team at the ongoing CHAN tournament and featured in all three matches as they crashed out prematurely.
The event in Algeria served as part of his preparations for the upcoming AFCON.
“I believe Ssematimba and Mutyaba will be fully ready to help coach Jackson Mayanja (Hippos Coach) by going there and giving their best,” the senior national team coach Milutin Sredojevic, said when quizzed about why he took the teenagers to Algeria.
Mutyaba played 58 minutes across the three games and says he has learned lessons from the event, though it didn’t end as planned.