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Mcknistry reveals why he opted a training camp

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Uganda national football team (Uganda Cranes) is blessed with a third training camp in Dubai as revealed by Head Coach, Johnathan Mcknistry while having interview with FUFA media.

On Sunday, His Excellence the President of the republic of. Uganda gave a go head of the sports activities resumption while addressing the country on Pandemic, Covid 19 after six months of being suspended, since then, different sports disciplines bodies have embarked on intensive preparations for their respective disciplines including FUFA.

For a slated international break next month of October, Uganda is preparing for the upcoming 2022 African Cup of Nations Cup qualifiers games against double header with South Sudan in November this year after CAF rescheduled the dates from March to November.

Mcknistry, is saying having a training camp in Dubai, gives the team quality time and since most of the players are playing in different countries were there are restrictions on travels, so as in Dubai, most of the restrictions travels have been relaxed could be best place for the team.

“We believe that taking the team to Dubai for nine days helps us to archive a lot of things, we get quality time with players in camps and on grounds you wouldn’t get before. Logistically, most of our players are playing across 17 different countries and restrictions of travel, it would be easy for them to get to Dubai whee most of the restrictions are lifted. It is not straight forward as well but it gives 80% of our players chance and will be available. It’s been along time since we last played in November last year and obviously, the camp is timely.” Mcknistry explained to FUFA media.

On why they chose a training camp over international friendly game(s).

“When you look back at the last time we played in November last year against Burkina Faso and Malawi, we only had three training sessions couple with traveling and playing two games in a space of four days. But here is an opportunity where we think of a huge value of getting some quality training sessions and the game playing definitely, we are looking at on option of a friendly game in Dubai with one of the club’s in the Arab leagues but that will be confirmed at the end of this week.” He added.

Uganda will be camping in Dubai for the third time after the camps they had prior to AFCON tournaments 2017 and 2019 in Gabon and Egypt respectively.

Mcknistry is set to name a squad that will be composed of 70% players from foreign leagues and rest from local leagues.

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