Cecafa: McKinstry gives hope to youngsters

Monday December 2 2019

Ready. Cranes coach Johnny McKinstry gives

Ready. Cranes coach Johnny McKinstry gives instructions to players during a morning training session last Friday at StarTimes Stadium. Photo by Eddie Chicco. 


The Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup will run in Kampala from December 7– 19.

Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry knows what it means being handed a high profile task regardless of ones age having earned several high profile coaching jobs in charge of Sierra Leon and Rwanda national teams.

The 34 year old Northern Irishman reiterated the intention to use the same approach in his team selections even at the upcoming Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.

“Since I’ve come in one of the things I said about the Uganda Cranes are that I’m not somebody who really looks at the age of players. If they’re good enough they’re going to play. It doesn’t mean I’m always going to give young players or old players.

It’s just that if they’re good enough we’ll give them a chance and Karim is someone who from the very first time we first saw him in the league you could tell he had talent,” McKinstry said in the post-match reaction after the Cranes win over regional side Gadafi at Bugembe on Saturday.

The Cranes won 2-0 against the third division side featuring several experienced players including Mark Bamukyaaye and Blaise Nkolo with second half goals from Fahad Bayo and Karim Watambala.


“It is a good start for him but there’s more work to be done,” McKinstry stated when asked about the youngster.
The Cranes continue preparations with one training session this morning at Lugogo. The team is however without the KCCA and Proline players who play the final first round league game on Tuesday.
30 players were summoned for the tournament that will run in Kampala from December 7– 19.

Joel Mutakubwa (GK) (Kyetume), Ashraf Mandela (URA FC), Disan Galiwango (Express FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Paul Mbowa (URA FC), Hassan Senyonjo (Wakiso Giants), Shafiq Kagimu (URA FC), Karim Watambala (Vipers SC), Steven Mukwala (Maroons FC), Viane Sekajugo (Wakiso Giants), Joachim Ojera (URA FC).

James Alitho (GK)(URA), Jack Komakeck (GK) (Football For Good),,Said Keni (GK)( (SC Villa), Paul Willa (Vipers SC), Ben Ocen (Police FC), Joel Madondo (Busoga United), Allan Kayiwa (Vipers SC), Fahad Bayo (Vipers SC).