Johnny McKinstry’s first ever CECAFA Senior Challenge appearance was a success story, despite the 0 – 1 loss to Uganda in the final staged at the Addis Ababa Stadium on Saturday 5 December.
Ceaser Okhuti score the all important goal to deliver a 14th title for Uganda in the oldest tournament in Africa and Mckinstry, speaking after the game said he is disappointed by the result but takes pride in his players’ achievements at the tournament.
The coach lauded the winners Uganda, stating that they were the best in the tournament but added that having gone all the way to the final after setting a target to reach the semis, it was a successful tournament.
“We are very disappointed with the loss obviously and the fact that we created a number of chances doesn’t help but all in all I have a lot of respect for Uganda and coach Micho. Uganda had a good game and a very good tournament and I think they were worthy winners.
“The goal we conceded was from an acute angle but I have to fault my defenders because there had to be someone at the far post keeping watch it was a close game but that is how finals go.
“One of the targets I set myself and the federation was that we will reach the semi final of the CECAFA tournament because that would mean we play six matches at the tournament. We went one step ahead and I say it was a good tournament for us,” he said.
In the tournament, Rwanda beat the host nation and eliminated the defending champions Kenya and the coach says it was a good preparation for the 2016 African Nations Championships (CHAN) which Rwanda will be hosting.
“We beat the host nation, which is not easy, we knocked out the defending champions and we eliminated three times runners up before falling short against the most successful side so for us you can’t say it was a bad tournament. It shows that if we work hard we can get what we desire and now we will go back and start preparations for the CHAN tournament,” he added.