“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 March 2nd- 31st 2021,” reads the FUFA statement.
Uganda Cranes Head Coach, Johnathan McKinstry
of Uganda Football Association-FUFA has asked Uganda Cranes head Coach,
Johnathan McKinstry to step down for a month until the end of March 2021. This is
contained in a March 2nd press statement issued by the Federation
citing a decision by the FUFA executive.
“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 March 2nd- 31st 2021,”
reads the FUFA statement.
In the meantime, the federation has appointed Uganda
Cranes Assistant Head coach, Abdallah Mubiru, Livingston Mbabazi and Fred
Kajoba to take over the team in the interim. “In the meantime Assistant Coaches
Mr. Mubiru Abdallah, Mr. Mbabazi Livingstone and goalkeeping coach Mr. Kajoba
Fred will take charge of the team during this period,” the statement adds.
The decision by FUFA follows Uganda’s poor performance at
the just concluded African Nations championship where the national team failed
to win a single game. Uganda was also humiliated by Morocco 5:2 in their last
game in the tournament. The development comes ahead of Uganda’s Afcon 2021
qualifier against Burkina Faso and Malawi later this month.
Mcknistry took over as the Uganda Cranes head coach on September
30th, 2019. He signed a three-year contract as Uganda Cranes head
coach replacing French national Sebastien Desabre who took up a new position at
Pyramids FC in Egypt in July 2019. He
guided Uganda to victory in the 2019 CECAFA championship winning all the 6
games throughout the tournament.