Uganda’s McKinstry: We need to be better for Togo

Uganda’s McKinstry: We need to be better for Togo
Johnathan Mckinstry, head coach of Uganda during the 2021 Chan game between Rwanda and Uganda at Stade de la Reunification in Doula, Cameroon on 18 January 2021 © Alain Guy Suffo/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jan 21, 2021. 16:00

Uganda national team coach Johnathan McKinstry has called for an improvement when the Cranes face Togo in their second Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) match on Friday.

Uganda were held 0-0 by East African rivals Rwanda in their Group C opener earlier this week, leaving McKinstry and his team needing positive results against Togo and Morocco to secure a first-ever progression beyond the group stage of the continental competition.

The Cranes and the Sparrow Hawks will meet in Douala tomorrow evening, following the earlier clash between group leaders Morocco and Rwanda.

“The first half was really frustrating for players and staff alike,” admitted McKinstry, as quoted by Uganda’s Monitor.

“But we created a few chances through a level of some build-up play after bringing on Mawejje for Anukani and Ocen for Viane Ssekajugo.

“It was a case of ‘we needed more confidence.’ All the players know that, they know we can do better.

“We’ve got a big game against Togo and it’s about getting the players back together and to full fitness. It’s a big game for them as well having lost to Morocco.”

McKinstry also defended his team selection, saying that fielding inexperienced players and having them learn at this high level is the exact purpose of the CHAN.

“The players that you’re talking of, they showed in each of these levels that they were taking step by step progress.

“So in any industry really, if they continue fulfilling requirements of each level, then you have to reinforce that confidence by giving them the opportunity at the next level.

“So I think the purpose of CHAN is to provide the platform for talented young players to go out and showcase themselves.

“It’s the same approach I took for Rwanda in 2016, [the] majority of players there were young.

“So, the experienced guys are there. They will play their role. Sometimes they will start, sometimes they will come into the game.”

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