Uganda sacks Cranes coach Jonny McKinstry after 18 months in charge

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Uganda’s national men’s football team is searching for a new head coach following the dismissal of Johnathan McKinstry.

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) on Monday announced that the Northern Irishman had left his role after 18 months in charge.

Uganda’s national men’s football team is searching for a new head coach following the dismissal of Johnathan McKinstry. /VCG

“The Head Coach of the Uganda Men’s National team, Johnathan McKinstry, has today reached an agreement with FUFA to bring an end to his 18 months at the helm of the Uganda Cranes,” FUFA said in a statement.

“FUFA would like to thank Coach McKinstry and his staff for the work and dedication to developing the Uganda Cranes during their tenure.”

“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.”

McKinstry was appointed to the position in September 2019 and won 12 out of 18 matches during which he also guided Uganda to the CECAFA Challenge Cup 2019.

Last month, FUFA suspended McKinstry following a string of poor results which began with a shock 1-0 defeat to South Sudan in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in November having just defeated the same opponents by a similar result a few days before.

Uganda’s failure to make it past the group stage of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon earlier this year compounded matters for the Northern Irishman.

McKinstry’s suspension saw assistant coaches Abudallah Mubiru and Livingstone Mbabazi oversee the team for the final two AFCON qualifiers. Uganda failed to qualify for the tournament.

FUFA did not mention anything about a successor but Uganda is expected to have a new coach by the time qualification for the 2022 World Cup starts in June.

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