By Anye Nde Nsoh
Sport Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
The Reunification stadium in Douala will host the CECAFA derby Group C of the 2020 African Nations Championship pitting Uganda against Rwanda this Monday evening.
After the first game between current Champions Morocco and newcomers Togo, Uganda will step out to challenge Rwanda, 8:00pm.
It will be a nostalgic clash as both sides know each other so well. In fact, the coach of Uganda Jonathan McKinstry was coach of Rwanda in 2016 when they hosted the tournament and were knocked out in the quarter-final.
Uganda has been in Cameroon for 21 days. They participated in the four country Pre-CHAN tournament which took place from January 1-7 in Yaounde and finished Champions with an unbeaten run from three games.
The Cranes of Uganda missed out on the first edition of the CHAN in Ivory Coast in 2009, made their debut appearance in 2011 in Sudan as teams were increased to sixteen. Since then, they have been regulars, participating in the 2014 edition in South Africa, 2016 in Rwanda, 2018 in Morocco and now 2020 that is being held in Cameroon.
Uganda has failed to progress past the group stages in all the editions where they have participated in. The team has set their eyes on going pass the group stage for the very first time. They begin the campaign tonight against their CECAFA rivals Rwanda.
Amavubi stars landed in Cameroon four days before their first game against Uganda. They are coming in for a fourth participation in the biennial continental tournament in Cameroon.
Pitted against 2016 boss Jonathan McKinstry, it will be a clash for supremacy between familiar faces.
Jonathan McKinstry a Northern Irish football manager and current head coach of the Uganda national football team, since September 2019.
He previously managed the Rwanda national team, the Sierra Leone national team, Kauno Žalgiris in the A Lyga and Saif SC of the Bangladesh Football Premier League. Whilst in charge of Sierra Leone, McKinstry was the youngest international manager in the world at 27 years old.
Jonathan Mckinstry won the CECAFA Challenge Cup with Uganda in 2019
Vincent Mashami is a Rwandan football coach who was appointed manager of the Rwandan national team in August 2018. Prior to his appointment, he has previously coached the national team at the youth level, and also club side APR.
This will certainly be the pacesetter in the group.
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