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Chan 2020: McKinstry explains why he picked injured KCCA FC keeper Lukwago

The Northern Irish coach reveals why he included the injured custodian in the provisional squad for the competition

Uganda coach Jonathan McKinstry has explained why he named injured Kampala City Council Authoity (KCCA FC) custodian Charles Lukwago in the squad for the African Nations Championship (Chan) finals.

Lukwago, who injured his shoulder as KCCA battled to a 1-1 draw against Express FC in a Uganda Premier League match, was the surprise inclusion in the 34-man squad picked to start preparations ahead of the competition to be staged in Cameroon.

KCCA had already ruled the keeper out of action for the next two months but coach McKinstry says he spoke to the club before including his name the provisional squad.

“You have got to remember we have five weeks to prepare and all those players are training. We speak to their clubs and get confirmation that they will all be fully fit within one week,” McKinstry is quoted by Daily Monitor.

Other players who made a surprise return to the squad are newly signed Vipers SC forward Milton Karisa and another ‘forgotten’ player, Julius Poloto of KCCA, who has been ravaged by injuries for over seven months.

“Milton [Karisa] did well in Morocco but for none footballing reasons he returned. I have been following him for a while and encouraged him to sign for a club in UPL,” McKinstry continued.

“He has only played few games but he has talent, speed and is a better player now. He has got the character that I love.”

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