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Mckinstry Believes Cranes Busy Schedule Is Blessing In Disguise

National team coach Jonathan Mckinstry sees silver lining in Uganda Cranes’ upcoming “busy schedule” as football edges towards resumption.

FIFA announced an international window starting with the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers set on 9-17 November 2020.

Beside the AFCON Qualifiers, Uganda Cranes is braced for CECAFA championship which is expected to be scheduled in December as well.

The CHAN, AFCON Finals and 2022 World Cup Qualifiers will follow suit in 2021.

The Northern Irishman says that this busy schedule will hand him with a valuable opportunity to interact with players more.

“From a coach’s perspective, everyone appreciates that one of the frustration of international football coaching is that you lack interact time with your players unlike in the club environment where you are with them every time every day,” Mckinstry told FUFA media.

“Its going to be a busy schedule but it will be good for us because the more the players train and play together, the better they will improve on the field.

“We are going to be able to advance our playing style even further in the next 12 months because we have increased time with the players. I know players are hungry to get back on the field for Cranes, the coaching staff is also hungry to get back there. We are looking forward to it.”

Uganda Cranes players training at Lugogo. Observer photo

With the Uganda Premier League expected to kickoff on October 17, Mckinstry says that he has made all the Players aware that they have limited time to prove to him that they are worth to be summoned for National team engagements.

He has said that he expects a lot of hard work from players since they have about six weeks to impress before AFCON Qualifiers preps.

“The message that has been given to the players-in-consideration is that they need to be in best condition possible when the season kicks off because the opportunity to impress is really short,” he adds.

“The domestic players have about six weeks to prove they deserve to be in training squad for CECAFA and CHAN.

“If they are kicking off in mid October, you got until November to prove. Six weeks is not a lot of time to prove themselves. We told them to be in best conditions possible when we kickoff the season to give themselves a best opportunity to prove themselves with the national team.”

Uganda Cranes lead group B of 2021 AFCON Qualifiers with four points after an away draw with Burkina Faso and a 2-0 win over Malawi at Namboole.

The side will face South Sudan in a double header which was scheduled in March before Covid19 pandemic hit.

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