Elvis Bwomono has been called up for international duty with Uganda.
Bwomono has flown out to Dubai for a 10-day training camp with his country, which starts today and ends on the 13th October, meaning he will be missing for Southend’s next two fixtures against Portsmouth and Exeter City.
The right-back was due to be involved on the international stage back in March having received his first call-up, but the coronavirus pandemic prevented that going ahead.
And Bwomono spoke of his delight that the opportunity has come around again, with the chance of impressing ahead of Uganda’s Africa Nations Cup Cameroon 2021 qualifiers against South Sudan in November.
"It’s a proud honour for me and especially my family,” he said.
"Growing up as a kid you want to put a smile on the face of your parents, and this is something that I wanted to do for myself and them.
"It was very pleasing that I get the chance to come out and appear for my national team because I was going to go in March, but coronavirus stopped that happening.
"It was devastating at the time but obviously now the games are going ahead in November and I’m out here for the training camp now.
"The Africa Cup of Nations is the pinnacle of football in Africa and something I want to represent my country in."
Mark Molesley added: “It’s fantastic for Elvis, what an honour. He’s a proud young man and I know what an honour it is for him and we need to fully support him in this.
"It’s great for him and another feather in the cap for the club to show how well they’ve done with another young player.
"It’s great for him, frustrating for us because we can ill-afford another player to be missing and, unfortunately, he won’t be with us for the next 10 days.
"Fantastic on one hand, slightly frustrating on the other that we’re going to be missing a key player but look, it’s great for the club and it shows how well they’ve done with another young talent.”
Everybody wishes Elvis the best of luck!