Johnathan Mckinstry will nolonger be in charge of the Uganda senior National team, the Cranes.
According to his bosses Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), the North Irish youthful tactician has been told to sit aside for some time.
” 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.
It is Our Game, It is Our Country,” a statement pinned on Fufa website said on Tuesday evening.
Fufa did not reveal much for their decision but it is expected that the Cranes poor show in the recent past could be the trigger.
Uganda struggled to beat South Sudan 1-0 at home and fell to the world football’s new babies by identical scoreline in the return leg.
Mckinstry’s fate however could have been decided when he failed to guide the Cranes past group stages in the just concluded Africa Nations Championships in Cameroon.
Despite being fancied to beat neighbours Rwanda by many a Ugandans, Uganda earned just a draw that would eventually prove to be the only point picked by the Cecafa power kings.
The Cranes would later suffer a 2-1 loss to tournament debutants Togo before being humiliated by eventual champions Morocco 5-2 in their last group C game.
Since then, voices calling for Mckinstry’s sacking have been loud and possibly, the executive committee of Fufa could have decided in accordance with such calls.
Mckinstry who has been at the helm of Uganda’s most senior national football team for about 14 months, was scheduled to announce a provisional squad to prepare for the forthcoming Afcon qualifies against Malawi and Burkina Faso on Thursday. But as it stands, Mubiru and Mbabazi will be the men in control.
Although the Fufa’s statement sounds diplomatic, it looks like Mr Mckinstry is as good as relieved of his duties already.