Johnathan McKinstry still optimistic despite Togo loss

Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry claims that Uganda still have a chance of qualifying to the knockout stage in the ongoing African Nations Championship.

The match ended 2-1 in favor of Togo to pick their first set of points at the tournament.

It is the first time the Togolese are featuring in the tournament.

Saidi Kyeyune’s 35 yarder goal was a moment to remember for Uganda Cranes.

Kyeyune had leveled the scores against Togo in a Group C encounter at Stade de la Reunification in Douala on Friday night.

“As a nation our target is still to go deep into the tournament,” McKinstry said before adding.

“If we can reproduce our display showed against Togo especially in the second half and add more quality in the final third we can get a result against Morocco.”

“So when that happens, we will be off to the quarterfinals and aiming forever.”

“I know people are disappointed now as everyone is after a loss but we have to get our heads up and know that we have the quality to go cause Morocco problems,” he added.

Uganda and Togo battling

Uganda’s fifth successive appearance at the tournament has seen them collect one point so far which came against Rwanda.

However their further stay at the tournament will be determined only if they win against Morocco in their final group match on Tuesday 26th January 2021.

McKinstry now believes that the only hope left is for the team to win against the title holders and remain in Cameroon for the latter stages of the tournament.

Uganda’s Starting XI against Togo

Charles Lukwago (GK), Denis Iguma, Aziizi Kayondo, Musitafa Mujuzi, Paul Patrick Mbowa (Brian Aheebwa), Shafic Kagimu, Tonny Mawejje (Captain- Saidi Kyeyune), Bright Anukani, Ibrahim Orit, Joackiam Ojera (Viane Ssekajjugo), Shaban Mohammad.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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