McKinstry critical of Cecafa as Cranes eye early progress

Wednesday December 11 2019

Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry conducts

Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry conducts training at Lugogo on December 3, 2019 ahead of the Cecafa tournament 

By Elvis Senono

The Cranes will be looking to complete their end of the bargain in a bid to reach the semifinals of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup tournament when they play Eritrea at the StarTimes Stadium this evening.

Victory today over Eritrea who won their first game against Burundi, will take them to nine points and depending on results between the latter and Djibouti, could then see them qualify with a game to spare.
Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry seemed critical of the scheduling at the tournament that will see his team play three games in five days.

“I think one of the things that all teams in this tournament have to take into account is the schedule is very difficult on all of the players. To play two games in three days, you never really see that. You don’t see Christiano Ronaldo do that and he’s one of the most elite athletes in the world,” McKinstry said on Monday.

This was after watching his side claim a 2-0 win over a hard-fighting Somalia in addition to the opening 2-1 win over Burundi on Saturday.
“So for these guys it’s difficult and so whilst I think our performance today was a little bit less overall than our performance two days ago, you have to take into account there were a number of tired legs and tired minds. So when you think about that I thought the boys did well,” he added.

This could see him make a few changes to the starting lineup with Shafik Kagimu while greatly impressing in a withdrawn holding midfield role has appeared jaded in the closing stages.