According to the FUFA statement, McKinstry will step aside from managing and coaching the team for the period from 2nd- 31st March 2021.
The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has asked the Uganda National Team (Cranes) head coach Johnathan McKinstry to step aside from his duties for one month.
This comes following a poor run of results whenever McKinstry has been in charge of the team. According to the FUFA statement, McKinstry will step aside from managing and coaching the team for the period from 2nd- 31st March 2021.
FUFA disclosed that in the meantime local coaches Abdallah Mubiru, Livingstone Mbabazi and goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba will take charge of the team duties. They will be in charge of Cranes’ last two-nation cup qualifying games.
FUFA noted that this has been done to allow them time to properly assess if John McKinstry is still the permanent man for the job.
A close source, however, told Flash Uganda Media that FUFA is planning to permanently sack the head coach but they are still looking for a reason to justify this.
“It was hard for FUFA to just tell McKinstry that your fired because his tenure has been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic which might have affected his performances so there is an excuse but what I know is if these locals coaches do well in these AFCON qualifying games, then anything might happen,” a source told.
Meanwhile, McKinstry’s reign has been characterised by a poor run of form notably in the recently concluded African Nations Championship CHAN tournament in January in Cameroon that saw Uganda knocked out in the early stages.
Other poor results include the recent loss to Burkina Faso in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers that came days after losing to South Sudan.
This comes at a time when Uganda is still making surprises in the AFCON U 20 championship following a 4-1 semi-final win over Tunisia. Morley Byekwaso’s team will now play Ghana in the finals on Saturday.
With this in mind, many Ugandans via social media have raised questions about why FUFA is stack on hiring foreign coaches yet local coaches even with limited facilitation continue to pick up deserved results.
“Suspended over what?? The humble way of saying you fired. If you cant handle your teams last two Afcon qualifiers in the group, then you deemed useless and redundant,” one renown sports analyst noted.
“Naye let’s give chance to the local lads, facilitate them as it’s done with foreigners , give them contracts(even if it means quitting their clubs) and give them time,” he added.