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FUFA Suspend Uganda Cranes Coach Jonathan McKinstry

FUFA Suspends Uganda Cranes Coach Jonathan McKinstry

The body that governs football in Uganda, FUFA has suspended the national cranes coach, Jonathan McKinstry. However, the reasons that led to his suspension are still unknown to the public.

The FUFA Executive Committee on Tuesday evening released a statement asking the Irishman to step aside for a month.

‘’The FUFA Executive Committee has asked the head coach of the Uganda Cranes, Jonathan McKinstry to step aside from managing and coaching the team for the period from March 2 to March 31, 2021,’’ the statement said without any further details on the reason why.

FUFA said the responsibility of managing the team will fall on the assistant coaches Mubiru Abdallah, Mbabazi Livingstone and, goalkeeping coach Kajoba Fred. The rest of the technical team, however, will remain unchanged.

Why FUFA fire the cranes coach

The football governing body said it will use this period to assess the performance of the team.

Many were left puzzled and thinking about what could be the cause of the suspension of the national team’s coach. People wondered what could have gone wrong between the Irishman and FUFA, but some came to conclusions that it is a humble way of sacking the coach appointed in 2019.

They argue that FUFA deemed the coach ‘useless since his suspension came when the team has two Afcon qualifying games in a few weeks’ time.

McKinstry received a lot of criticism from the public for the team’s poor performance in the recently concluded CHAN tournament. The Cranes did not win a single game in Cameroon. Many fans and commentators took to social media to accuse the coach of putting the Ugandan name ‘’into disrepute.’’

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