McKinstry targets semis at AFCON 2021

Uganda national team head coach Jonathan McKinstry claims that his main target is reaching semi-final at the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

According to the Irishman, his tenure as the Cranes gaffer will be considered a success. In addition, if Cranes finish in the last four in the next AFCON campaign. 

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McKinstry in training with Cranes players

“What I would consider as a successful tenure as Cranes coach is if we made the semi-finals of AFCON because then you know we shall be in the medal bracket,” McKinstry was quoted saying at Radio City’s sports show Xtreme Sport.

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He has been in charge of Cranes for ten games. In addition, winning nine and drawing one on top of winning the 2019 CECAFA Cup.

He was recently preparing the local-based players for the 2020 African Nations Championship before the tournament was suspended.

“Currently, the team is making a lot of improvement and the players are really adjusting very well.”

“We haven’t really been tested at major tournaments so far. However, I am certain when we do, we can make a good account of ourselves,” he noted. 

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McKinstry giving instructions to Cranes players

The Covid-19 outbreak has disrupted sporting calendars across the world with nations suspending football activities.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) canceled CHAN tournament that was to take place in Cameroon starting early next month as well as AFCON qualifiers. 

Uganda suspended all sporting activities including the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Friday after the country reported its first case of coronavirus. 

McKinstry advised all the players to continue with fitness training at home in order to keep themselves fit.

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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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