- February 9, 2021
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Cranes Coach McKinstry’s Job Hangs In Balance As FUFA Prepares To Fire Him Over Poor Performance
This follows the Cranes dismal performance at the concluded 2020 Africa Nations Championship in Cameroon where Mckinstry’s side failed to get out of the groups for a fifth attempt.
Uganda finished at the bottom of Group C with just a point thanks to the draw against Rwanda and two defeats against Morocco and debutants Togo.
Uganda, last year, lost 1-0 to minnows South Sudan in AFCON Qualifiers game played at a neutral venue in Kenya.
The side had earlier needed a late Halid Lwaliwa goal to squeeze a result in the reverse fixture at Kitende.
The northern Irishman was highly criticized for his poor team selection, including playing some players out of positions like Shafic Kagimu.
Prior to CHAN, Mckinstry fell out with coach Fred Kajoba and recommended that his goalkeeping coach be fired after he breached Covid19 rules in camp.
He was appointed the Uganda Cranes head coach for three years, with his deal effective October 1, 2019.
Mckinstry took over from Frenchman Sebastien Desabre who guided the Cranes to 2019 AFCON knockout.
Magogo said that both coaches Micho and Desabre also faced similar turbulence but he managed to stand with them during tough times.
“When the technical people have done their evaluation, I have also come out – When they wanted to fire Micho, I came out and said that he should be given more time and I was later justified. I said the same during Desabre’s early days when results were not coming, and I am proud of my decision.” he said
If Mckinstry survives the knife this time, his reign will come to and end if he fails to take the Uganda Cranes to Africa Cup of Nations.
Uganda sit second in Group B of the AFCON Qualifiers with seven points, one below Burkina Faso.
The side will host Burkina Faso before visiting Malawi in the penultimate game next month.
Mckinstry has had stints with Rwanda and Sierra Leone National teams and also coached FK Kauno Zalgris (Lithuania), SAIF (Bangladesh) among others.