In a letter addressed to Johnathan McKinstry, the Uganda Cranes coach, by the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) on Tuesday 2nd March 2021, the coach was asked to take a short one month sabbatical from his duties as head coach of the National team.
“The FUFA Executive Committee has asked the head coach of the national senior side―the Uganda Cranes―Johnathan McKinstry to step aside from managing and coaching the team for the period from 2nd-31st March 2021,” the statement read in part.
During this time, Uganda will have two crucial games qualifying games. Uganda Cranes are to face Burkina Faso here at home on March 24th before concluding the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign away against Malawi.
This decision was come about after many football enthusiasts expressed concern over the successive losses by the National team. A dismal performance against South Sudan in the double header of the same qualifying campaign saw Uganda lose ground in returning to Africa Cup of Nations for the third successive time.
Abdallah Mubiru, Livingstone Mbabazi and Fred Kajoba will take charge as FUFA decides on the fate of current Uganda Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry.
They will handle the decisive Cranes’ next two Nations Cup matches.
“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. The rest of the Technical team remains unchanged,” the statement revealed