Uganda Cranes: New Coach Mckinstry Sets Lofty Target

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New Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan Mckinstry has set sights on spurring the side to a World Cup stage – 2022 in Qatar.

Mckinstry was named the new coach on a three year contract on Monday morning at Mengo.

The Northern Irishman announced a bold ambition of transforming the Cranes as he bids to fulfil FUFA’s target of making Uganda a number one football nation on the Continent.

“Am sorry for this delay, you all know about the Kampala traffic,” Mckinstry apologised to the press.

“First of all am honoured for the offer given to me by the Federation (FUFA), there is no doubt that Uganda is a good footballing nation.

“We are all hungry for success but my aim is not taking you to the Africa Cup of Nations, am targeting the World Cup! I have a burning desire to coach at a World Cup and I feel that Uganda is a good opportunity for me.”

The Northern Irishman joins Uganda after parting ways with Bangladesh club Saif FC.

He comes with experience having coached Sierra Leone and neighbours Rwanda national teams.

Mckinstry will be assisted by the previous Cranes interim coaching staff that include Abdallah Mubiru, Livingston Mbabazi and Sadiq Wassa, confirmed FUFA CEO Edgar Watson.

“I have signed a long term contract (3 years) and am ready to see it out. The World Cup is a difficult task, but if we work together, it will be achievable,” added Mckinstry.

Commenting about the current crop of players in Uganda, Mckinstry noted that he has a track record of using young players but that will depend on their performances.

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