The global outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic has had adverse effects on the entire world leading to the suspension of sports events Ain several regions.
By the time the country lock down was instituted, The Cranes were in preparations for the African Nations Championship which was slatted to take place in April this year before the tournament suspension.
Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan McKinstry has come out to stress that he is closely monitoring fitness levels of all locally-based and foreign-based players in this trying period.
“We are actively working in the background. We are in constant communication with the players and discussions with them everyday and we have an online learning platform for all our players where every week we are engaging not just our foreign-based players but also the home-based players,” McKinstry told FUFA website.
He added, “I’m aware that some players have robust training programs by their respective clubs, we are acting as a supplementary for them and many of them have sent pictures to show the amount of space they have as we advise according to what kind of drills they can do.”
The lockdown has however, been a blessing in disguise as some players have utilized this period to get fully recovered from their injuries.
For instance, Faruku Miya was injured in March but he is now doing well and will be ready to get back on the pitch when the Turkish league resumes.
Kizito Luwaga in Isreal is back and played 65 minutes last Saturday for his club Hapoel Kfar Saba during their goalless draw with Bnei Yehuda.
Robert Kakeeto is also back from the sidelines having played for 90 minutes in the last match for AaB’s against Esbjerg (1-1) at the Blue Water Arena.
McKinstry led Uganda Cranes to 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup triumph in December last year after defeating Eritrea 3-0 in the final played at Lugogo.