Not so many coaches care about improving the technical and tactical abilities of their players, all that really matters to the majority is winning. How? is not an issue.
Current Uganda Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry is taking a different path, much as winning remains a priority, how he does it is more important to him than anything else.
McKinstry is preparing the Cranes for the CECAFA Senior Challenge that starts on December 7th in Kampala, a championship they last won in 2015 and are chasing a record title number 15.
“We want to do well in the tournament it’s self because winning is a habit but equally we are looking for performance more than anything,” the Irishman said early this week.
“And I said it before the things we are teaching these players in the UPL are the same things we are teaching these players who are playing outside,” he added.
But why is it important for McKinstry and Uganda to do well much as he is expected to find the ride smooth early in the competition having been drawn against Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, and Burundi?
“Every camp, every game we have is important, whether it’s a nonresidential training camp, or regional tour game, CECAFA or CHAN, every time we spend together is the most important day.”
“Because at the international level, you get little time together to improve your tactical play that these days training needs games to help us progress.”
“Yes, we are preparing for CHAN but that’s a preparation for AFCON and AFCON is preparation for World Cup, so it’s all part of a process and it’s all part of growing these players,” he added.
The last time Uganda won the CECAFA was in 2015 against Rwanda that was then coached by McKinstry, it was also their fifth title in seven editions
With his last two predecessors; Bobby Williamson and Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic all winning the competition Many will judge the former Sierra Leone tactician on how far he goes in the competition.