English Championship side Reading’s U23 attacking midfielder, Roy Jayden Onen is now part of the National team also taking part in the Dubai training camp.
Mid this year ,the 19 year-old left Brentford and is one of the freshmen on the team alongside Elvis Bwomono, 22 that cranes head coach Jonathan Mckinstry aims at obtaining a special brew from Uganda’s 3rd straight AFCON finals.
Onen was born to a Ugandan immigrant father and a British mother. Onen’s father is said to have moved to the UK in the 1970’s.
In an interview after one of the training sessions in Dubai, Onen is quoted to have said that everyone back in London and in Uganda is supporting him and therefore he is there to make his mark and make his supporters proud. He also said that its good for him to be with boys and being the youngest he hopes to learn from his senior professionals.
Since Mckinstry’s arrival as cranes head coach, the team has encountered drastic changes in call-up.he also made it clear initially that players without footballs would not be selected. The decision was rooted in the need to make the players work hard and earn their caps and as a result, we have seen Murushid Juuko dropped. However, Juuko is expected to be back to the fold once he gets the much needed club football he has been missing for half a year now.
Mckinstry has also gone ahead to select players with parental attachments to the country like Uche Ikpeazu and Roy Onen. This has exposed the national team to an array of talents and increased competition for places with the ranks.
As for Onen, he should work hard to impress Mckinstry and he has a big chance as cranes have an opportunity to confirm their Cameron AFCON finals with two games to spare if they beat South Sudan back to back next month.
The Cranes have now put in a series of sessions at the Jebel Ali training centre since their arrival in Dubai five days ago. Mckinstry is mainly focusing on body fitness drills, footwork, ball work as well as 10 aside high intensity and pressing matches.
The cranes will play at least one friendly against a local club while in the United Arab Emirates.
Onen has also played in various clubs like Brentford B, Bromley, Brighton U18 as well as Arsenal Youth among others.s