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Jonathan McKinstry Optimistic Ahead of Cranes Camp in Dubai

Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry has confirmed that his players will have a training camp in Dubai ahead of the FIFA international engagements.

McKinstry confirmed a training camp in Dubai in October as the Cranes prepare for their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers doubleheader against South Sudan in November.

The gaffer from Northern Ireland believes that the Nine-day camp will put his players in good shape instead of having a friendly match.

“CAF confirmed that in November we shall be returning to competitive action in terms of the AFCON qualifiers which were originally scheduled for March before the pandemic took over the world,” McKinstry told FUFA TV on Monday.

He added, “With that in mind, we have engaged the government and FUFA and we are very pleased to confirm a training camp in Dubai in early October during the international week.”

“Other confederations like UEFA will be having friendly games, but CAF said this window is one that federations can use as they see fit either for friendly games or training.”

This will be the third time the Cranes return to the Middle East for a training camp following the 2017 and 2019 camps under Serbian Milutin Sredjovic and Frenchman Sebastien Desabre respectively.

McKinstry furthermore reflected on choosing a training camp instead of a friendly which he believes will ably meet their requirements.

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“First and foremost, we get to spend a lot of time with them in class and on the training field which we do not get to do a lot of time with the senior team because it is match after match,” McKinstry said.

Uganda Cranes currently on Four points from two games, will play against South Sudan in the AFCON Qualifiers double header in November 2020 before facing Malawi (home) and Burkina Faso (away) in March next year.

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