Local football governing body, Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has ordered Uganda Cranes (men’s senior national team) Coach Johnathan Mckinstry to step aside for one month.
The federation released a statement on Tuesday night saying that the tactician has been temporarily relieved of his duties till the end of this month.
‘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,” part of the statement read.
For the remainder of this month, assistant coaches Mubiru Abdallah, Mbabazi Livingstone and goalkeeping coach Kajoba Fred will take charge of the team.
The rest of the technical team remains unchanged.
“FUFA will use the period to assess and monitor the performance of the team,” another part of the statement read.
McKinstry was named Cranes Coach in September 2019, replacing Sebastien Desabre. He has been in charge of 14 games, winning nine, drawing twice, and losing in three occasions.
Mckinstry’s troubles intensified when Uganda got knocked out of the recently held CHAN (Africa Nations Championship) 2020 tournament at group level, managing only one draw but losing twice.
Mckinstry’s suspension means that he won’t be on the touchline when Uganda Cranes play against Burkina Faso at home on March 24 in the penultimate game before concluding the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign away against Malawi.