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McKinstry: The match against Niger will give us the opportunity to prepare for Togo

Pre-CHAN Mini Tournament

Uganda vs Niger

Venue: Annex 1 Omnisport in Yaounde

Participating Teams: Cameroon, Uganda, Zambia and Niger

Purpose: Preparing for the 2020 Total CHAN Finals kicking off on 16th January 2021 in Cameroon

Uganda Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry says that the match against Niger on Thursday will give his players a true test and kind of football ahead of the Total CHAN 2020 group stage fixture with Togo.

Cranes will play their final match of the Pre-CHAN Mini tournament at the Annex 1 Omnsiprorts in Yaounde- Cameroon before travelling to Douala on Friday morning. Uganda’s Contingent has been in the West African Country since 29th December 2020 in camp aimed at preparing of the CHAN Finals.

Uganda Cranes CHAN Squad currently in Cameroon

After Wednesday’s training session at the Annex B Olembe, Paul Biya Stadium, McKinstry who is close to naming his final squad for the tournament says that he happy with the preparations.

‘Niger play physical, fast and direct football. The biggest aspect of the game against Niger will be for the players to understand what kind of football they will face against Togo. A lot of the young boys in the squad have not come across this kind of football. Not many of them have the experience. Tomorrow is preparation for Togo. It is time to get their feet in the water so that they can understand and hopefully we can put up another top performance like in the previous two games’

McKinstry also added that there will be changes for the match against Niger tomorrow.

‘Naturally at this stage as we get closer to the tournament, you start honing in the players who think are going to play more minutes. We shall see some players who played in the first game come back and others from the match against Zambia coming in’  

Uganda is in Group C alongside defending champions Morocco, neighbours Rwanda and new comers Togo.

Uganda’s group stage fixtures at CHAN Finals 2020

Rwanda vs Uganda 18.1.2021Stade de la Réunification-Douala8pm Local Time, 10pm EAT
Uganda vs Togo 22.1.2021Stade de la Réunification Douala8pm Local Time, 10pm EAT
Uganda Vs Morocco 26.1.2021Stade de la Réunification Douala8pm Local Time, 10pm EAT