Cranes Coach McKinstry Suspended Until March 31st

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: Uganda Cranes’ Johnathan McKinstry has reportedly been “sacked” less than two years after taking on from Sebastian Desabre as Head Coach.

In a statement released by Federation for Uganda Football Association (FUFA) Executive Committee, McKinstry will has been asked to step aside from managing and coaching the team for the period from 2nd- 31st March 2021.

“The Fufa executive committee has asked the Head Coach of the National Senior side-The Uganda Cranes Mr. Johnathan McKinstry to step aside from managing and coaching the team for the period from 2nd- 31st March 2021,” the statement reads in part

The statement released further indicates that Mckinstry will for the meantime be replaced by his Assistant Coach Mubiru Abdallah, Mbabazi Livingstone and goalkeeping coach Kajoba to take charge of the team during this period.

“The rest of the Technical team remains unchanged. FUFA will use the period to assess and monitor the performance of the team,” reads the statement from FUFA.

The 35 year old Northern Irishman was appointed as Uganda Cranes Head coach in September 2019 replacing Sebastien Desabre.

McKinstry has been a dead man walking after Uganda’s tame 1-0 win against lowly South Sudan in the Afcon qualifiers which was followed by a similar loss to the northern neighbours in Kenya.

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That left Uganda second in group E on seven points, one behind Burkina Faso. Malawi have four and South Sudan three with the group wide open ahead of the final two qualifying fixtures.

In addition, Cranes were abysmal at the Africa Nations Championship (Chan), a tournament of home-based players, Cameroon. Uganda lost two of their three group games to exit the tournament.

His record reads 12 wins, three wins and three losses in 18 gamessage. Cranes face Burkina Faso at home on March 22 and a visit to Malawi on March 30 to wrap up Group B in the 2022 Afcon Qualifiers.

McKinstry’s sacking means he will not be available when Uganda Cranes take on Burkina Faso and Malawi in the 2022 AFCON Qualifiers.

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