Abdu Lumala hits back at critics of his call for national duty

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Abdu Lumala has hit back at those who criticized him after he was recalled for national duty after more than a year without active football. The 23-year-old last featured for Pyramids in a 1-0 away win against ENPPI on 11th March 2020 in the Egyptian Premier League

Lumala who got injured at the beginning of 2020, was operated upon twice before his shock call for the Cranes’ final two AFCON qualifying games against Burkina Faso and Malawi.

The electric winger was critical of those who talk bad things towards him. “I don’t know anyone on this planet as strong as me. I have been unlucky. I got injured in the beginning of 2020, I was operated on two times but I still managed to come back and I am doing my best. People are talking only bad towards me”. Wrote the electric winger on his Facebook account.

Former Cranes head coach Sebastian Desebre signed Lumala from Syrianska FC in the summer of 2019 after the winger impressed for the Cranes at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt. But a run of poor results saw the French man leave Pyramids for a stint in Morocco and this halted Lumala’s progress with injuries also playing a role.

The start of the new Egyptian League season came too soon for the electric Ugandan winger to the extent that the club failed to register him for the new season citing that he would not be ready for the rest of the season. His unexpected return from injury was a surprise to many.

He reminded his critics that his registration came in late and that for now he can only work hard to get prepared for his chance and also to show good sportsmanship by supporting the team.

About those who criticized his lifestyle, he said, “We all have different lifestyles and I love fashion. Maybe Ugandan people love to see footballers dirty as they are used to but this is a new generation of young players, outside the pitch I am a different person who is happy and I love life that’s why I’m always smiling.”

About his call for national duty, Lumala did not have kind words for the haters as he reminded them that getting trust from the national team coach and being called for national duty is not a crime since they look at his abilities.

He went ahead to post a video of himself working on his pace in training

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