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Mckinstry Weighs In On Dubai Camp As Cranes Return

Coach Jonathan Mckinstry has highlighted the importance of the recent camp as the Uganda Cranes returned from Dubai on Tuesday.

Mckinstry says that the week-long camp will be key not only for South Sudan doubleheader but for a long run as well.

“Overall, am very pleased with the camp we have just completed in Dubai, its been a very worthwhile six-seven days,” Mckintsry told FUFA.

“We have done a lot of good work not only on the field but in the classroom. And this is something you don’t often get to do international football (window) because it tends to be match after match where your focuss is on that opponent and not get much time to look at yourself on how to build for the long time.

“This last week was really about building for medium and long term, not just for the objectives of the South Sudan doubleheader in November but also looking for to the rest of the AFCON qualifying and also the qualifying series of the World Cup as well.”

Only goalkeeper Denis Onyango and striker Derrick Nsibambi withdrew from the camp of those initially summoned.

The team returned aboard Dubai Airlines with the 12 local based players alongside Iraq-based Allan Kateregga and TP Mazembe’s Joseph Ochaya on board.

The Cranes will host South Sudan on November 12.

Mckinstry added:

“The boys have worked extremely very hard, and we have also been able to follow Covid19 protocols as all our tests returned negative. There has been challenges everywhere, we saw the Guinea game called off.

“Its only a short time until November and I will be naming the squad in a couple of weeks and the guys will be back together and will be very hungry to get going again.”

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