Uganda can still progress – McKinstry

Uganda can still progress – McKinstry
Ismail Ouro-Agoro Togo challenged by Musitafa Mujuzi of Uganda during the 2021 Chan football match between Uganda and Togo at Stade Reunification Stadium, Douala, Cameroon on 22 January 2021 ©BackpagePix

by Nick Said

Sunday Jan 24, 2021. 15:00

Uganda coach Johnathan McKinstry says his team can still reach the quarterfinals of the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon despite their loss to Togo on Friday.

The Cranes find themselves at the bottom of Group C with just one point after they were beaten 2-1 by Togo in their last match, following on from a 0-0 draw with regional rivals Rwanda earlier in the week.

Uganda must defeat log leaders Morocco in their final Group C match in Douala on Tuesday 26 January to progress into the final eight of the continental competition for the first time.

“If we can produce the display especially that we had in the second half [vs Togo], which had a little bit more quality, we can get the result against Morocco,” McKinstry told Goal.

“And if that happens we will be in the quarterfinal. So, people are disappointed now and everyone is after a loss, but we need to get our heads up. We know we have got the quality that is going to cause Morocco problems.”

The Northern Irishman added, “As a nation, our target is to go deep into the tournament. I think we have three players who were in the tournament two years ago and the current one is a completely new team.

“Our target from the beginning of the tournament was to go deep and the target at this exact moment remains to go deep into the tournament.”

The other Group C match on Tuesday, which will kick-off simultaneously, sees Togo face Rwanda in Limbe.

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