Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan Mckinstry has explained why he left out KCCA FC midfielder Gift Ali out of the 34-man squad for 2020 CHAN.

The decision to leave out Gigi, as commonly known, among other players, was met with negative critics from a section of analysts and fans after the player’s impressive display the player has had with KCCA FC.

“Gift is a talented player and there no doubt about that but as I always say, being good is not all what will always get you to the national team,” Mckinstry said.

“There are a lot of good players who have not been called, but what we are looking for is that we have got a different clear idea of how we want to play them and I think supporters couldn’t have started seeing it in CECAFA.

“We want to possess and move the ball, we want to play on a very fast rhythm and we looked at players who can fit in our playing model in that case.”

The Uganda Cranes squad kicked off their preparations for CHAN with a residential training on Monday at GEMS Cambridge International School.

Busoga United’s David Bagoole, Dissan Galiwango, Allan Kayiwa, Amir Kakomo, Ambrose Kirya among others were some of the players missed to make the 34-man squad.

“And all boys missed out on this team, they are different type of players than we were looking for at this moment of time,” Mckinstry added.

“So we are happy with the group we got and we believe it will gain us success in Cameroon.”

Uganda will play Mali and Zambia in a tri-nation friendly tournament to prepare for the forthcoming CHAN.


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