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McKinstry gives nod to Tri-Nation Tournament

By Yekoyada Saaka

Added 28th February 2020 01:26 PM

The three-nation preparatory event, due on March 17-21, will involve Uganda, Zambia and Mali.

McKinstry gives nod to Tri-Nation Tournament

Cranes ahead coach Johnathan McKinstry feels the three-nation tourney will be a litmus test for Uganda. (File photo)

The three-nation preparatory event, due on March 17-21, will involve Uganda, Zambia and Mali.

TRI-NATION TOURNAMENT

Uganda, Zambia and Mali (March, 17-21)

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KAMPALA - Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry has welcomed FUFA's idea of a Tri-Nation Tournament, which Uganda will host as part of preparations for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

The three-nation preparatory event, due on March 17-21, will involve Uganda, Zambia and Mali.

McKinstry feels it will act as a litmus test for Uganda Cranes ahead of the bigger tournament, which is limited to only home-based players.

 "Zambia and Mali are one of the top footballing Nations in Africa. It is a good idea by FUFA because I feel the two nations can give us a better gauging of our strength as we head into the final tournament in Cameroon," said McKinstry.

The Northern Irishman was speaking at a press conference at FUFA House on Thursday, during which he released a 34-strong provisional squad of players.

He expects all the summoned players to report to camp on Sunday and begin training on Monday at Gems Cambridge International School, Butabika in Kampala.

The Gems pitch is fitted with floodlights, which will be an ideal training ground for the Cranes.

"We plan to train at Gems Cambridge International School, an area we feel will give us a good atmosphere and on top of that it has a good green pitch," said McKinstry.

"It also has floodlights which I want the boys to get used to because the games in Cameroon will be played at night."


The 34-man Cranes provisional squad:

Goalkeepers: Charles Lukwago, Joel Mutakubwa, Alionzi Nafian, Saidi Keni, Edwin Kiwanuka

Defenders: Mustafa Kizza, Derrick Ndahiro, Paul Willa, Herbert Achai, Paul Willa, Ashraf Mandela, Geoffrey Wasswa, Halid Lwaliwa, Mbowa Patrick, John Revita, Mustafa Mujuzi,

Midfielders: Shafik Kagimu, Saidi Kyeyune, Bright Anukani, Paul Mucureezi, Mike Mutyaba, Karim Watambala, Hassan Ssenyonjo, David Owori, Ibrahim Orit, Julius Poloto

Forwards: Samson Kigozi, Viane Ssekajugo, Milton Karisa, Joachim Ojera, Fahad Bayo, Steven Mukwala, Cromwell Rwothomio, Brian Aheebwa


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