Football

FUFA denies sacking McKinstry as Uganda Cranes coach

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has denied rumours spreading that Johnathan McKinstry has been sacked as Uganda Cranes head coach.

Pressure has been on the federation to take action after the recent struggles from the East African heavyweights. Through their official social media outlets, Fufa has confirmed no decision has been made over the Northern Irishman’s future in the team.

“Our dear football stakeholders, Fufa has not taken any decision as reported in various media outlets regarding the status of Uganda Cranes head coach McKinstry,” the federation confirmed.

McKinstry, 35, was in March suspended as the Cranes prepared for two final qualifying games of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations against Burkina Faso and Malawi with the team put under Coach Abdallah Mubiru as the interim head coach.

The pressure started building against the former Rwanda coach after a 1-0 loss to South Sudan’s Bright Stars in the Africa Cup of Nations Group B qualifiers.

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It followed up with a dismal performance in the African Nations Championship (Chan) in Cameroon where the team was bundled out in the group stages after suffering two defeats and a draw despite good preparations.

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