Thursday Oct 24, 2019. 11:00
New Uganda coach Johnny McKinstry is braced for his side’s “most difficult” Africa Cup of Nations qualifier first up when they travel to Burkina Faso to open their campaign on November 13.
McKinstry got his tenure off to a good start with a 1-0 friendly win over Ethiopia this month, but a much sterner test awaits with the visit to meet the Burkinabe, followed by a home meeting with Malawi a few days later.
“We have the most difficult game to begin with, travelling to Ouagadougou,” McKinstry told reporters. “These are two teams with good home records. Burkina Faso, although they missed out on Afcon last time, have the best home record having lost once in 12 matches since 2012.
“We cannot take Malawi lightly, they have not done as expected recently but have nothing to lose, they will come looking for a scalp because their last visit here was a draw in Namboole.
“We are confident we will be in good shape to kick off the campaign in three weeks’ time.”
The Uganda Football Association have assisted the team with their preparations by hiring a charter flight in and out of Ouagadougou to cut down on travel time between games.
“Getting a chartered plane will be a great assistance but that doesn’t guarantee success,” McKinstry warned.
Uganda have reached the last two Nations Cup finals after a long 39-year wait. Minnows South Sudan are the other team in the pool.