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Is there a football gap between Uganda and Western Africa?

By Is there a football gap between Uganda and Western Africa?

Wednesday July 22, 2020


Uganda’s national football team made it to the Africa Cup of Nations tournament’s round of 16 in 2019, raising hopes that the Cranes could perform even better at the 2021 edition of the competition. In spite of the success the team had in Egypt, coach Jonathan McKinstry has confessed that teams in Western Africa “have an edge over” the Ugandan team. The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is on the horizon and football fans around the globe are anticipating the biggest tournament on the continent. Fans can use the lotteriespromocode to get bet bonuses on the teams they believe will win the tournament when it kicks off.
McKinstry has a lot of experience in the football coaching world. At just 34, the Northern Irishman has made a career of managing national football teams in Africa. As head coach of Sierra Leone, McKinstry led the national team to their highest ever FIFA World Ranking position. A former coach in Newcastle United’s and New York Red Bull’s elite youth development programs, McKinstry has learned how to develop footballers for the future.
The difference between Uganda and West Africa
According to McKinstry, there are some areas that set Uganda apart from football teams and players in Western Africa. In a recent interview, he said that Uganda is a country that has not fully tapped into its football talent. Western African nations such as Nigeria and Ghana have football academies capable of identifying players early in their lives. This leads to talent making it into the national team system and then to Europe and other regions to play club football. European football is anticipating the restart of the Champions League and fans are debating which team will win the tournament. Football fans can explore the Draftkings Sportsbook offers to get the best bonuses before wagering the team they believe will win the Champions League.
McKinstry claims there are organizations in Uganda that label themselves as football academies. However, these are more of schools in which kids pay to attend and receive a little bit of coaching. Unlike true academies in Western Africa where players are taken care of and get more coaching for free, Uganda just doesn’t have the same infrastructure to develop footballers.
What do young footballers need to develop?
Young footballers typically join residential football academies at an early age. Players may join an academy at the age of 10 or 11, and receive coaching from qualified coaches for several hours a day. Many residential academies also provide players with academic education, building them both as footballers and students capable of being successful in the future.
In Uganda, most young players do not enter an ogranised football system until the age of 16. Having not played in an organised football system until their mid- to late-teens, it is difficult for Ugandan players to develop to the same level as players from Western Africa.
McKinstry hopes that Uganda’s powers that be will change the way in which footballers are developed by targeting children at an earlier age. The national team manager hopes kids around the age of 11 or 12 can get selected to enter residential programmes to grow and develop into high-quality players. Although Uganda has produced players playing around the globe, it still doesn’t have any players competing in the top tier leagues around Europe currently.