Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry claims that the Coronavirus has made it difficult for him to plan in the wake of the pandemic.
It should be noted that the pandemic led to the suspension of McKinstry’s training camp for the African Nations Championship (Chan).
The tournament was also postponed as one of the measures to prevent the pandemic.
“Obviously, everyone is waiting for guidance from Fifa and Caf in terms of how we are going to proceed,” McKinstry was quoted by Fufa’s official website.
“We have international windows in September, October and November and hopefully the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in January 2021.”
“I know there are lots of discussions going on if we shall go on or postponed.”
“At the moment, if we can start to play in September. We have four games in that window,” he added.
The Planning process became difficult
According to Johnathan McKinstry, the pandemic has made his planning very difficult since he is not sure about when football returns.
“If you do not know when you are going to play, it makes the planning process difficult.”
“Nobody knows how this pandemic is going to unfold.”
“Progress is being monitored not only here in Uganda but across the African continent.”
“If one of our opponents is still struggling with the pandemic, then we cannot play.”
“We patiently waiting. The other thing most of the people are not aware of is that in football when you are making plans, you plan backwards from the moment you are due to play,” he added.
Johnathan McKinstry faced the same situation before
This is the second time for Johnathan McKinstry to face a similar situation.
The former Rwanda national team head coach face the same situation during his time in Sierra Leone with the Ebola outbreak in 2014.
“This is a new situation for the entire world. I do not think anyone has experienced this situation in the entire world.”
“I faced a similar situation in 2014 unfortunately in Sierra Leone during the Ebola pandemic.”
“It posed very unique challenges and some of which are quite similar.”
“We have not figured out the best way forward. The current epidemic is something new to everybody in the entire world,” he added.
The lockdown period in Uganda saw all leagues being ended in May which saw Vipers SC announced the Uganda Premier League champions.
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