Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry has attributed his team’s frustrating Africa Nations championship draw with neighbours Rwanda to pressure felt by some of the players.
The Uganda Cranes and the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda played out to a goalless stalemate at the Stade de Unification in Douala, Cameroon on Monday evening.
“I feel some of my players felt that pressure of playing at one of Africa biggest football tournaments and they weren’t willing to play punchy passes,” McKinstry said before adding;
“Especially our attacking midfielders as we really didn’t get the likes of Bright Anukani and Karim Watambala onto the ball enough so really we let ourselves a bit down in the first half.”
“The players reverted to play too many straight long-balls and this isn’t what we wanted. But, at halftime, we were able to address that, we made a few twists and in the second half we moved the ball better and we created a few chances.”
The Uganda Cranes will return to action on January 22nd for their second match of the CHAN tournament against Togo at the Stade de Unification in Douala.
In the other Group C match played earlier today, Togo lost 1-0 to the defending champions Morocco.