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Ugandan Cranes coach Jonathan McKinstry turns to social media for squad fitness


Ugandan Cranes coach Jonathan McKinstry turns to social media for squad fitness

The Uganda Cranes head coach Jonathan McKinstry has thrown a 30-second challenge to his players to help them keep fit during the Covid-19 ‘half-time break’ from football activities.

Most players are currently inactive following the spread of the deadly virus that disrupted the global sporting calendar, forcing postponement of major leagues across the globe, including the Ugandan Premier League. 

But McKinstry nonetheless continues to keep in touch with his squad that he has been closely monitoring following the postponement of the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers that were called postponed in March.

The Northern Irish manager took to his Twitter handle to challenge both local and foreign-based Uganda Cranes players. 

According to McKinstry, who took over as Cranes’ head coach last September, players are expected to challenge themselves by doing as many push-ups as possible in 30 seconds, with a straight back and chest down. 

“The last few days I’ve been checking up on players, both in Uganda and outside of Uganda, and frankly everybody told me that they are on top of their fitness.

“So what I thought I should be doing is to have a little bit of fun by setting up a little challenge for not only the Uganda Cranes players but also any supporters out there can do this challenge and go up against all of our players be it Dennis Onyango…,” McKinstry said.

“The challenge is: in 30-seconds, how many push ups can you do?

“I’m going to be looking at the form as well; so I am gonna be looking for a straight back, chest down and a couple of inches off the ground.

“All the guys are required to do a quick video and upload their social media pages, the former Pyramids FC tactician said.

McKinstry, who replaced French Sebastien Desabre, led by pulling off 24 push-ups in 30 seconds in a timed challenge.

Cranes were set to face off with South Sudan in a back to back 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers between March 21 and 31 but the fixture was cancelled due to the ongoing global pandemic.

According to the initial fixtures, Cranes are scheduled to play Burkina Faso in the first week of June. 

This fixture was initially scheduled for October but was brought forward due to the changes in the 2021 Afcon calendar with the tournament initially set to be held in January in Cameroon.

It is not yet clear whether the championship will go on as had been planned and CAF are yet to make a decision on the same.

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