By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
The Executive Committee of the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has asked Uganda Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry to step aside from managing the team effective immediately until the end of the month.
During this month, the Cranes face Burkina Faso at home on March 22, 2021 before flying out to play the final match of the group against Malawi on March 30, 2021. Uganda Cranes currently sit in second position behind group leaders Burkina Faso, with seven points from four matches.
Reporters and national team followers cite the subpar display in the double header with South Sudan where the Cranes drew one and lost the other towards the end of last year, and the failure to progress from the CHAN group stages earlier this year as some of the reasons why McKinstry is in this kind of trouble.
FUFA has released a statement regarding McKinstry’s position on its website that reads thus:
“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.
“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 rest of the Technical team remains unchanged.
“FUFA will use the period to assess and monitor the performance of the team.”
McKinstry was appointed as the Uganda Cranes head coach in September 2019, replacing Sebastien Desabre. He has been in charge of 14 games, winning nine, drawing twice, and losing on three. He won the CECAFA cup in December 2019.
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