Uganda’s football governing body, Fufa has announced it has reached an agreement with senior Men’s National team head Coach, Johnathan McKinstry, to prematurely end his contract.
“FUFA would like to thank Coach McKinstry and his staff for the work and dedication to developing the Uganda Cranes during their tenure,” the federation said in a statement on Monday.
In his one and half years at the helm of the Uganda Cranes, Mr McKinstry has, according to official statistics won 2 in every 3 games played, recording a 67% win rate from the 18 games he has overseen – including 12 wins, 3 draws and only 3 defeats.
The Northern Irishman also was in charge of the Cranes as they won the 2019 CECAFA Challenge Cup un defeated in all games for the second time in history.
“We would like to thank Coach McKinstry for the professionalism demonstrated during his employment with FUFA, and we wish him well in all his future endeavours,” Fufa added.
Fufa didn’t reveal in detail the reason as to why they were parting ways with the coach. However, the youthful coach has in the past been under scrutiny for poor performances during the African Championship in Cameroon and the two Afcon qualifiers against South Sudan.
In fact, Engineer Moses Magogo described the type of football exhibited in Chan as ‘shitty’.
Before Uganda’s last two games in the 2021 Afcon qualifiers, Fufa said they had asked the coach to step aside from the team for a month and his assistants led by Abdallah Mubiru were assigned to take over on interim basis.
After confirmation of Mckinstry’s departure, Fufa will have to decide whether to continue with Mubiru and his team or name a new substantive coach to steer the country through the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers that begin in June 2021.
Uganda is in group E alongside neighbors Kenya and Rwanda as well as Mali.