Saturday, November 9
*North East Select Vs Uganda Cranes – 4PM
New Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan Mckinstry has put a major emphasis on developing a good personal relationship with his players.
The Northern Irishman is striving to create a good and manageable dressing room.
If achieved, a genuine relationship between players and Mckinstry is also expected to yield more trust and a winning attitude.
On Thursday, Mckinstry stood outside Lugogo’s dressing room as he welcomed players as they arrived for training ahead of AFCON qualifiers and regional tour.
He called them by their sir names, despite struggling with pronunciation.
He, while speaking with Allan Kayiwa, commended his progress with Vipers SC and advised the player accordingly.
This will surely yield results for the Irishman who set lofty targets of taking Uganda Cranes to the World Cup.
“You get to learn players, you try relationship as one of the most important things in international football because you get too little time with them,” Mckinstry told the-SportsNation.com after an intense training at Lugogo on Friday.
“You need to build a relationship soon. I got to know these players by their shirt numbers in their clubs and as I come together with them, its about getting to learn their faces and I don’t know everyone yet because sometimes I get their names wrong but the sooner I know everybody by name the sooner we build strong close relationship, hopefully I know everybody as soon as possible.”
During an intense training session that went for over an hour and half, the coach was seen passing on his technical skills and communicated constantly as he encouraged them to pass, work and think quickly.
The session was a blend of both local and foreign based players.
The team of locally based players is set to face North Eastern region select in a Regional tour this Saturday
“I want these players to show me that they can be valuable members of the team and this regional tour is a good program to showcase it. You know, most national teams and Federations don’t have this type of program, so it is very unique and I think its a very good program in many aspects.
Uganda Cranes will be without injured duo Allan Okello (KCCA) and Viane Ssekajugo (Wakiso Giants) in Katakwi for the regional tour.
Goalkeepers: Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), James Alitho (URA FC)
Forward Players: Paul Willa (Vipers SC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), John Revita (KCCA FC), Paul Mbowa (URA FC), Nicolas Kasozi (KCCA FC), Shafiq Kagimu (URA FC), Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA FC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Joachim Ojera (URA FC), Allan Kayiwa (Vipers SC), Joel Madondo (Busoga United), Fahad Bayo (Vipers SC) Ashraf Mandela (URA FC)