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Mckinstry On Upcoming Dubai Camp, Team Composition

Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan Mckinstry has confirmed that the side will have a training camp in Dubai next month in the FIFA International window.

The coach has said that they have opted for a training camp instead of a friendly in order to get more quality time with the players.

“We (Cranes Technical team) have engaged the government and the Federation (FUFA) and am pleased to say that we have confirmed a training camp in Dubai in the next couple of weeks,” McKinstry told FUFA media team.

“We believe that taking the guys to Dubai with nine days of good quality work on the training field meets our requirements in lots of ways.

“One, we will spend good time with the senior team which we don’t get, and two, its logistically fair because our players play in 17 different countries and each of those countries have their own travel restrictions.”

The Northern Irishman believes that the “quality time” will help to put the players in good shape ahead of the games in November.

CAF confirmed that 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers will resume in November with Uganda braced with a double header against South Sudan.

“Our ability to improve the players is always limited by the time, so a camp comes as a big opportunity,” he added.

Mckinstry, however, revealed that there is a chance that the Cranes will hold a friendly match while in Dubai, possibly with one of the Arab Clubs. “The guys will get a match under their belts but the main purpose is training.”

He said that the training will be focussing on the upcoming games in November.

On the composition of the team, he revealed that a 25-man squad will be summoned with 30% locally based players.

He stated that they must have a contingence plan in place as a reason for adding local based players on the team because travel restrictions may hinder players abroad from honouring November fixtures.

He added: “The players places on the national team are not permanent. I am pleased with most players abroad. Earlier, Nsibambi Derrick was not starting but now he is a regular. Farouk Miya was injured but he is now playing good football.”

“For the local based players, the conditions they come back in will tell much about their mentality and seriousness. We will get to know those who knew that this Covid19 period was not a holiday.”

He said that South Sudan will be taken seriously because they have improved with time.

“South Sudan is a team we have to respect, they may have struggled in the past but its not the case any more, all nations go through this development before becoming robust and stubborn.

“When we face them, we know that we will be in for a tough afternoon so we will have to push and be at our best. They are our neighbors and rivals. They have players who we share the same history.”

He explained that the target against South Sudan is maximum points so as they can extend their qualification chances.

Mckinstry urged all the fans to support their Clubs and Cranes in all possible ways they can during this Covid19 pandemic.

Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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