Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan Mckinstry is set for an emotional reunion with former pay masters Rwanda.

Uganda face Rwanda tonight in Group C of the 2020 CHAN in Cameroon.

Mckinstry was head coach of Rwanda Amavubi Stars since February 2015 when he replaced Stephen Constantine.

He was sacked about a year later, August 2016, after failing to deliver Rwanda to 2017 AFCON.

His last game was a 2-3 loss to Mozambique in Kigali in the 2017 AFCON Qualifiers in 2016.

“I have an emotional attachment with Rwanda. I was head coach of Rwanda in 2016,” Mckinstry told FUFA media ahead of the derby.

“We have one objective when we play Rwanda – winning will be on our mind. The historical relationship will be put aside. If it is not playing against Uganda, I have always wanted Rwanda to do well. It is a big East African derby.”

“We feel we know their strengths. However we are making sure we cover up for that in our training sessions. It is really not about doing anything new but focusing on one or two specific areas of our style of play that will bring maximum benefit to the entire team for good results.

“It is a big derby to start the tournament against Rwanda. Both countries are rivals. It is important for the players to know it is not about three points in the tournament but local bragging rights. Eighteen of the players played for me a couple of years ago. It is an experienced squad and hopefully my knowledge of the squad can get the results everyone at home and here are looking for.

“It is widely known that Uganda hasn’t been able to get out of the group stages of CHAN. To me it is an anomaly with the kind of quality players Uganda produces. We want to be here till the final weekend of CHAN.”

Rwanda and Uganda are meeting for the 33rd attempt with the Cranes winning 14 against Rwanda’s 10. The sides have shared spoils eight times.


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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