The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) have asked Cranes coach Johnathan McKintry to step down from his role for the period of March 2nd to 31st, 2021.
“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,” a statement on the FUFA Website read.
The statement added: “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.”
McKinstry signed a three-year deal to coach the Uganda Cranes on September 30th, 2019, and guided the country to their 14th CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala.
He also took charge of charge of four 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Burkina Faso, Malawi and South Sudan.
Collecting seven points and, and are one behind Group B leaders Burkina Faso with a home tie against the West Africans and Malawi away in their last qualifier.
FUCA have not given a clear reason on why McKinstry has been asked to step aside but Cranes poor show at the 2020 African Nations of Championship (CHAN) might have forced FUFA into the decision.
Cranes lost two games picking up just one point against Rwanda as they conceded a total of seven goals in three games scoring just three.
Uganda’s qualification for a third straight Africa Cup of Nations is in suspense after their 1-0 loss to South Sudan in Nairobi.
Uganda will play Burkina Faso on March 22nd in Kampala in a must-win game before taking on Malawi away from home on March 30th.
More details to follow