Uganda’s journey ended miserably with a heavy 5-2 loss on Tuesday night to defending champions Morocco in Cameroon.
Now, according to McKinstry, the biggest chunk of the Ugandan team was making its debut appearance at the tournament and therefore gained experience.
About the game
“It was a game we all always it would be challenging for us. The penalty obviously couldn’t have come at a worse time,” McKinstry said before adding.
“We are not complaining about the penalty. I think it was a fair challenge. We made some mistakes and we got punished as we also started chasing the game.”
“Congratulations to Morocco and we wish them the vest best for the rest of the tournament.”
“We cannot complain about preparation, when we set out for this project, we made certain requests to the federation it terms of how we can prepare the team.”
“I think we got 90% of what we asked for which is very good. To be honest that was pleasing.”
“The intensity of the game in competitions is different from what you get in pre-match tournaments.”
“We were pleased with the progress of the players and they have learnt a lot. They now know that when you get to such tournaments you take your chance.”
“They have gained experience and will be better for the future,” he added.
Ibrahim Orit and Saidi Kyeyune scored for Uganda while Ayoub El Kaabi, Soufiane Rahmi(2), Hamza El Houssaoui and Rahmi and substitute Abdelilah Hafidi netted for Morocco.
Morocco and Rwanda qualified from the group as Uganda finished bottom with one point.
This was the fifth attempt for Uganda to fail to make it to the knockout stage of the tournament.