Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry, has emphasized that his side has the right mentality going into the 2020 African Nations championship.
McKinstry and his boys are currently in Cameroon’s capital city, Yaoundé, where they are taking part in a four nations Pre_CHAN. After a one all tie against Cameroon’s intermediate lions on new year’s day, the Cranes on Monday evening dispatched Zambia 2#0, thanks to Ssekajugo Viane’s 24th minute opener and an own goal from Zambian Goalkeeper Charles Kalumba.
A well organized Ugandan side seduced the hundreds of spectators at the Yaoundé Annex one stadium with good Football.
“It was another good preparation game. We made a lot of changes from the first game, 10 changes. Zambia is a good team. They got good players and we needed to do better because in certain scenario they put us under lots of pressure, but ultimately the chances we created were good chances. And when you have such chances you can score goals”, the Northern Irish tactician was impressed.
“All our players have come to say we want a place in the final squad for CHAN, so it is definitely difficult choices for the coaches to make now“, McKinstry added.
The Cranes are paired in group C of the CHAN, alongside Morocco, Rwanda and Togo. The question on how far McKinstry can take Uganda in this tournament keeps coming, but the 35_year_old is confident of the resources at his disposal.
“Going into the CHAN, our mentality is why not us. Uganda have been at almost every CHAN and when we look at the players we have, the energy within the group and its why not us, why can it not be us in the semi finals or the final. We need a bit of luck to do that, but we feel confident at the moment“, McKinstry opines.
The Cranes will take on Niger in their last game of the Pre_CHAN tournament on Thursday, before heading to Douala, where they will play their CHAN group games.
Uganda has participated in four out the five editions of the tournament, except for the maiden edition in 2009. They will be hoping to spring a surprise this year, after they have failed to go beyond the group stage in their four previous participations.