AFCON 2021 QUALIFIERS

We Will Not Take South Sudan For Granted Say’s Uganda Cranes Head Coach Jonathan McKinstry

Uganda Cranes Head Coach Jonathan McKinstry while at FUFA House Mengo Photo: FUFA Media Team.

The Uganda Cranes head coach Jonathan McKinstry has warned that Uganda is not taking South Sudan for granted, taking the Bright Stars for granted will cause a great risk into the cranes qualification chances. 

The 34 year old tactician was speaking during a Television Sports show “The Pressbox” on Monday 9th March 2020. Perhabs everyone at the back of their minds are yes qualification into the Total Africa Cup of Nations is now a deal almost done but it’s not yet over.

 “Uganda will not under look South Sudan in the footballing aspect looking at the recent results picked by the Bright Stars in group B, losing away to Malawi 1-0 and hosting Burkina Faso at home (Neutral Ground in Khartoum) losing 2-1 tells you that country should not be taken for granted”. Five or Six Years ago South Sudan was losing games 4-0, 5-0 but this is not the same scenario now in Africa every country can cause upset at any time football is growing very fast from generation to generation, so my technical team, my players are not taking things for granted” Look at Madagascar, who surprise many in Egypt in 2019 AFCON i believe no one went for them anyway”, Jonathan further said. 

Uganda Cranes Technical Team Photo: FUFA Media Team

The Cranes Coach on March 5th 2020 summoned a 20 man squad to face South Sudan in the group B double header on the 28th and 31st March 2020 at Namboole and Nyayo Stadium in Kenya respectively. The Squad which is dominated by foreign based players will only see an additional 5 players from the Uganda Premier League clubs to make a total of 25 players. 

Uganda is currently topping the group on goal difference with 4 points and West African side, Mali second with same number of points.

Malawi Flames are in third position with three points, while South Sudan are yet to get a point and at the end of it all, the best two teams from each group will qualify for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.

Bright Stars head coach Ashu Cyprian Besong who is yet to release his squad to the media ahead of the Uganda double encounter has started training with the 16 locally based players on 17th February  2020, he hinted that he will have a 27 provisional squad before trimming it to 25 man squad. 

If the Bright Stars who have so far registered 2 losses in the 2021 group B Total Africa Cup of Nations qualification stage did not make it to Cameroon, it will be two consecutive years that the Country has failed to qualify for the African’s most prestigious tournament since its admission to CAF and FIFA in 2012. 

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