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McKinstry offers special training program to players amidst COVID-19 lock-down

Uganda Cranes head coach Jonathan McKinstry has encouraged players to carryout individual training programme during the time when many of the football events including matches are called off due to the global concerns in regard to COVID-19 pandemic.

McKinstry indicates that despite the lock-down, players should have personal training sessions in their places of residence in order to keep fit.

Uganda Cranes head coach Jonathan McKinstry giving instructions to Uganda Cranes players
Midfielder Shafik Kuchi Kagimu performing the press up walk drill

‘Definitely the spread of COVID-19 has had an effect on a number of activities including football. But I think amidst this pandemic, we should try to find solutions to enable our players to keep working hard and maintain their fitness levels.’ He said.

In serialized videos recorded by FUFA TV, show the gaffer conduct specific workout session with three Uganda Cranes players Charles Lukwago, Shafik Kagimu and Paul Mucureezi.

Goalkeeper Charles Lukwago demonstrating one of the drills
Midfielder Paul Mucureezi shares a light moment during the workout session

Each player was assigned different drills that lasted under two minutes for over 20 short videos.

McKinstry believes this conent will be of great value to the local coaches and players during the clubs’ training programmes.

‘The videos will be given to coaches and players in Uganda for tutorial purposes. I believe this programme can be used by coaches at their respective clubs and players at their homes to make sure they remain fit in this period’

Group Photo: From L-R: Charles Lukwago, Paul Mucureezi, Coach Jonathan McKinstry, and Shafik Kuchi Kagimu

The workout session had drills like star jumps, oblique mountain climber, press up walks, open-close jumps and lateral rock among others.

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