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Afcon 2021 Qualifiers: My target is to win all home matches – Uganda coach McKinstry

09:06 BST 25/10/2019
Jonny McKinstry appointed Uganda Cranes coach.
The Cranes coach outlines his target as the team sets up for another return to the Afcon finals to be held in Cameroon

Ugandan coach Johnny McKinstry says winning all the three matches at home in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers will give them a good chance to qualify for the finals for a third successive time.

The Cranes are drawn in Group B of the qualifiers alongside Burkina Faso, Malawi, and South Sudan. McKinstry’s first assignment comes up against seasoned campaigners in Burkina Faso and the Malawi Flames in back-to-back action in November.

“My target is to get nine points at home and three away to make 12, the precautionary points to progress to Cameroon 2021,” McKinstry is quoted by Daily Monitor.

“We have the most difficult game, to begin with; travelling to Ouagadougou.”

Uganda will open against Burkina Faso on November 13 and McKinstry insists they must be ready to navigate the group.

“These [Burkina Faso and Malawi] are two teams with a good home record. Burkina Faso, although they missed out on Afcon last time, have the best home record having lost once in 12 matches since 2012,” McKinstry continued.

Uganda have lost on both their last two visits to Burkina Faso but coach McKinstry has warned against underestimating any of their opponents.

“We cannot take Malawi lightly, they have not done as expected recently but have nothing to lose, they will come looking for a scalp because their last visit here was a draw at Namboole," he added.

“We are confident we will be in good shape to kick off the campaign in three weeks’ time.”

The first home match against Malawi comes on November 17, exactly 366 days since Patrick Kaddu scored the lone goal against Cape Verde at Namboole, which guaranteed the return to Afcon.

Fufa have chartered the Uganda Airlines Bombardier to take the team to Ouagadougou and back in time for the second match.

“Getting a chartered plane will be great assistance but that doesn’t guarantee success,” McKinstry stressed.

The Northern Irishman promised to give local-based players a chance when he summons his squad next Wednesday.