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Pre-CHAN Tourney: Uganda Vs Zambia; Extended friendship for Mckinstry and Micho in Yaounde

Uganda vs Zambia


Pre-CHAN Mini Tournament

Participating Teams: Cameroon, Uganda, Zambia and Niger

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

Venue: Annex 1- OmnsiSports in Yaounde

Dates (Uganda Matches)

1st Jan 2021 Uganda 1-1 Cameroon -FT

4th Jan 2021 Uganda vs Zambia (4pm Local Time, 6pm EAT), Cameroon vs Niger 6pm Local Time)

7th Jan 2021 Uganda vs Niger (4pm Local Time, 6pm EAT)

Referees for Uganda vs Zambia

Referee: Nkamba DridAR1: Bigoh Metoul

AR2: Alinda Ambroise

RR: Ngo Biem

General Coordinator: Prince Tamba

MC: Bati Robert

Uganda Cranes will return to action on Monday against Zambia for their second match in the Four Nations Pre-CHAN Tournament that also has hosts Cameroon and Niger.

Both teams played out scoring draws in their opening fixtures with Cranes’ match against Cameroon ending 1-1 while Zambia were held 3-3 by Niger.

Ahead of Monday’s match, it will be renewed football emotions for Zambia Head coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic as he faces his former employers Uganda Cranes now handled by his great friend Johnathan McKinstry.

While still in Uganda, Micho would watch literally every match irrespective of its competitiveness including non-league matches.

However Mckinstry will come face to face with Micho again, following another healthy football clash during the CECAFA Senior Challenge in 2015 hosted by Ethiopia. Micho was on the Uganda Cranes Side while McKinstry for Rwanda Mavubi Stars. It was a classic regional Final derby settled in Ethiopia.

At just 30 years, McKinstry scooped the Best Coach of the Tournament accolade while Micho with the trophy.

With the two coming face to face tomorrow, Mckinstry is not throwing out their friendship through the window but wants to keep it professional while Uganda Cranes walk out of the tunnel against the Zambians.

Uganda Cranes Head Coach Johnathan McKinstry

‘Going into this game, will help us give every player a fair chance during the tournament but we will make changes and we expect our opponents to do the same. Tomorrow, I will come up against an old friend for both Uganda’s football and me personally. My relationship with Micho goes back I think with time while I was with Sierra Leone and he was coach for Rwanda.

When we arrived here in Cameroon we exchanged New Year’s messages and X-mas Greetings. We have known each other for several years. I am looking forward to seeing him. But for the 90 minutes of the game we will be trying to do the best for our respective teams. After the match we can share chat of old times. We both have objectives for our teams’

McKinstry about the tournament

‘We feel the value of the tournament and getting used to the conditions here in Cameroon. Our first game against Cameroon was a great opportunity for us physically to test our players and also tactically. All players stepping out on the field are playing for their places on the CHAN Squad. They are not treating them as friendly matches but preparatory matches’

McKinstry with his players during the team talk inside the dressing room ahead of the Uganda vs Cameroon match, He says every player will get a fair opportunity before selecting the Final squad.
Planning for CHAN Finals has gven McKinstry time to be with his players and guide them. They will play two more matches-one against Zambia on Monday before heading to Doula.
McKinstry and his techical team of 1st Assistant coach Abdallah Mubiru, 2nd Assistant coach Livingston Mbabazi and Performance coach Alexander McCarthy during Sunday’s training at Annex B Olembe- found within Paul Biya Sports Complex.
Uganda Cranes goalkeepers L-R Tom Ikara, Joel Mutakubwa, goalkeepimg coach Sadiq Wassa and Nafian Alionzi. Micho knows Ikara very well as he once summoned him in his various Squads for National duty.

Uganda Cranes defender Mbowa ahead of Match against Zambia

Uganda Cranes and URA FC defender Paul Mbowa says that his teammates have learnt alot during the camp

‘I thank the coaches who have built a lot of confidence and trust in the team. The match against Cameroon built our confidence so deep. We went into that match expecting to learn a lot. Zambia will be a good test as they were in the stands when we played against Cameroon’

The Uganda Cranes XI that sarted against Cameroon last Friday on New Year’s Day

Zambia coach Milutin Sredojevic ahead of match with Uganda Cranes

Zambia Head Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic /Image africatopsports.com

‘Uganda ,Ugandans and Ugandan football with Cranes lives actively in special suite of my heart. I am so happy that football in Uganda has moved 7 miles into the bright future. Tomorrow is check up for both Cranes and Chipolopolo and nothing else. I have highest degree of respect for Jothanatn McKinstry, his technical team and equally for the players led by veteran Tony Mawejje, It is perfect balance between maturity, seniority, experience and young upcoming players that have bright future ahead of them. It is emotional reunification for me with Uganda Cranes that i need to go over as professional and look at my team to get good performance and result while we both prepare for upcoming CHAN. Let football be the winner’

The tournament is organised by Alim Football Managemnt and FECAFOOT.

MAIN PHOTO: Uganda Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry