Tactician to lead ambitious Cecafa champions at continental tournament in January 2021 in Cameroon
Uganda Head coach Johnathan McKinstry assessed their level of preparation for the upcoming African Nations Championship tournament.
The coach also said that none of the selected players were injured during the week-long training sessions, which makes him even more optimistic.
“We’ve been at the camp for a week and the players have pushed really hard,” said the former Rwandan tactician. Sports nation.
“It’s very clear that everyone is focused and determined, they want their ticket to go to Cameroon and to represent Uganda; you can see it in terms of enthusiasm, energy, learning in the classroom and in the field.
“We got through the week well without injuries, just a hit or two and nothing serious.”
The Cranes will be part of a mini-tournament that will involve Cameroon, Zambia and Niger ahead of the continental competition and McKinstry explained the importance of having this experience of local conditions.
“We think it’s very good, the players will have time to acclimatize in Cameroon. We are now looking forward to arriving in Cameroon and starting to play, ”he added.
The Northern Irish tactician also explained the technical difference between Chan’s teams and how Uganda can stage a successful campaign in West Africa.
“We have been saying since I came that we have to have this attitude of why not us, especially in the Chan tournament,” he said.
“You look at nations like Libya and DR Congo who have already won the tournament, even when I took Rwanda in 2016, it was just an overtime goal against DR Congo that knocked us out in the quarter. final.
“So the difference between the teams isn’t that big in Chan, and really for us, if we’re confident and performing at our best, we have the potential to go further in the tournament.
“This is the challenge for the players; ‘why not us? why can’t we be there last weekend? It’s about being confident, it’s about being ambitious, and it’s about putting the work ethic on to make sure we’re still there on February 7th.
The mini-tournament will be played January 1-7 and McKinstry has selected 25 players for the competition.