Uganda Cranes coach Burkina Faso, Jonathan McKinstry
coach McKinstry eyes Malawi after a goalless draw against Burkina Faso. File Photo

Uganda Cranes coach, Jonathan McKinstry is determined to play better in the next game despite being too defensive against Burkina Faso

Uganda Cranes coach, Jonathan McKinstry is more than determined to see his team do better against Malawi on Sunday despite packing the bus against Burkina Faso in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) group B qualifier.

In a game played at the Stade Du 4 Aout in Ouagadougou yesterday, Mckinstry’s side played with a more defensive approach and this at times left goalkeeper Denis Onyango exposed.

However, Uganda Cranes coach, Jonathan McKinstry stated that he was pleased with the point but insisted that they will be coming into the Malawi game with a desire to grab three points.

“We had the fight and the desire in the Burkina Faso game. It is one point and we now going back home and look forward that home game against Malawi at Namboole,” Mckinstry said at a post-match conference yesterday.

Uganda Cranes grabbed a hard-fought point against Burkina boys who looked a threat with most of their shots on goal but huge praise goes to Onyango for turning up to the occasion to save a number of them.

Meanwhile, Uganda’s defence that was kept busy all game was able to deal with the pressure.

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The hosts were the better side of the day they nearly got a goal but Uganda’s left-back Johnson Benson Ochaya cleared off the line after the ball had gone past Onyango.

Uganda’s forward line that looked lost all game was dull enough to define Mckinstry’s game approach, striker Patrick Kaddu had a small impact all game.

AFCON 2021 Qualifiers (Group B)

Burkina Faso 0-0 Uganda Cranes

Malawi 1-0 South Sudan

However, Abdul Lumala pace on the right-wing, Farouk Miya and Emmanuel Arnold Okwi’s direct approach bothered the opposition but it was still not fruitful.

The Cranes’ only clear chance came in the second half but was wasted by forwarding Emmanuel Okwi who headed into the crossbar a curling corner kick from Miya.

Picking up a point against Burkina Faso might not be a bad result but these are countries that now Uganda should find ease in beating.

Unlike the former Uganda Cranes coach who was attacking minded, Mcknistry looked more defensive but if his side is to pick up three points against top side Malawi then the boys ought to look forward.

Despite his gameplay, the substitutions he made as the game went on defined his football style because Nico Wakiro Wadada replaced Bevis Mugabi’s at right-back for the first substitute.

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Isaac Muleme a more defensive-minded player also replaced striker Patrick Henry Kaddu and then Alexis Bakka for Miya Farouk.

Meanwhile, Malawi leads group B after a narrow 1-0 win over South Sudan yesterday. Uganda and Burkina are both on level one point in one game.

This Sunday on the 17th November 2019 at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, Uganda Cranes will host Malawi in AFCON) group B qualifiers.

While Burkina Faso will travel to Khartoum to face South Sudan on a neutral venue.

Uganda Cranes XI: Denis Onyango (GK, Captain), Bevis Mugabi (Nico Wakiro Wadada), Joseph Benson Ochaya, Timothy Denis Awany, Murushid Juuko, Khalid Aucho, Mike Azira, Faruku Miya (Alexis Bbakka), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Abdul Lumala, Henry Patrick Kaddu (Isaac Muleme)

Subs Not Used: Robert Odongkara (GK), Charles Lukwago (GK),  Hassan Wasswa, Halid Lwaliwa, Taddeo Lwanga, William Kizito, Allan Kyambadde, Fahad Bayo, Allan Okello

Burkina Faso XI: Adama Sawadogo (GK), Steeve Yago, Edmond Tapsoba, Issoufou Dayo, Yacouba Coulibaly, Charles Kabore, Bryan Boulaye Dabo, Jonathan Pitroipa, Eric Traore, Cyrille Bayala, Lassina Traoré

By John Dalton Kigozi