Ahead of his first outing as Uganda Cranes coach, Johnathan McKinstry has time and again talked about his target but he has always emphasized on how he plans to approach games and get results.
The Irish from Northern Ireland will assemble a Cranes’ team dominated by foreign based players against Ethiopia on Sunday, October 13th, 2019 in an international friendly.
What he promises in terms of philosophy and game approach is close to how English Premier side and current European champions Liverpool play under Jürgen Klopp. Much as he is a big fan of Pep Guardiola and Manchester City’s kind of style.
“We want to get the ball, we want to have possession of the ball and we want to attack with speed,” McKinstry told the federation YouTube channel called FUFA TV.
“You can expect a team of mine to be more similar in style to maybe a Jürgen Klopp Liverpool than a Pep Guardiola Manchester City.”
“I believe that fast attack excites football fans and it’s what I grew up loving, that fast flowing attack from back to front quickly,” he added.
Over time coaches both foreign and locally have tried to apply a particular style of football, but the players have always struggled to impose themselves, especially with dominating possession but also bullying teams.
So not so many of them have detailed explanations of how they want their teams to play, McKinstry always could explain that and try to get the best out of teams depending on what he has at his disposal.
“And I also think the style suits the group of players the Uganda Cranes have, I don’t think our players overly suit a heavy possession game like Manchester City or Barcelona.”
“I think a Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund style of football is well suited for the players we have here in Uganda.”
“Something along those lines, but we are talking about the top end of world football here in Uganda and it’s about winning football matches.”
“Some days we shall have to play defensive football to get the result because getting the result is what is important,” McKinstry added.
Uganda will fully have a feel of McKinstry on November 19th when they host Malawi in the 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at Namboole. That will be after the November 13th away tie against Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou.
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