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Pre-mini Chan tournament: Mcknistry speaks about Uganda Cranes tie with Zambia, relationship with Micho.



Mcknistry talking to players during training in Cameroon (Photo credit: FUFA media)

Uganda Vs Zambia

Date: 4th January 2021.
Venue: Annex 1- Omnsisports, Yaounde.
Time: 6pm (8:00 pm E.A.T).

Uganda Cranes will be returning in action tonight in the ongoing Pre-mini Chan tournament in Cameroon as they play againt Micho’s coached team, Zambia.

Uganda and Zambia, both of countries will be playing their second games in the tourney after drawing their opening fixtures, Uganda settled for a 1-all draw with hosts Cameroon and Zambia drawing 3-3 with Niger.

The tournament consists of four countries, Cameroon as hosts, Uganda, Zambia and Niger. All are gearing up for the upcoming 6th edition of Chan 2021 slated to kick start on 16th January to 7th February in Cameroon after being postponed due to outbreak of Covid-19.

Northern Ireland born man, Johnathan Mcknistry will be facing the wolf of Serbia as fondly called, Milutin S. Micho, a former Cranes Head Coach for the second time since 2015.

Both Coaches first faced each other in 2015 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Ethiopia, were Uganda emerged as the winners under Micho and Rwanda finished as runners up under Mcknistry’s guidance.

Speaking ahead of this game, Mcknistry is expecting to make some changes from his starting team that drew with Cameroon on Friday.

“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.” Mcknistry told FUFA media.

Talking about his old friend (Micho) were their relationship stretches back while still coaching Sierra Leone.

“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. Mcknistry Said.

“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’. He continued.

Micho will be facing his former pay masters for the first time since quitting his job in 2017 because of unpaid dues.

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