By Alex Bossa
After spending 18 months at the helm of the national soccer team The Cranes, coach Jonathan McKinstry has today reached an agreement with the Federation of Uganda Football Association to terminate his contract with immediate effect.
The Former Rwanda national team coach leaves the Cranes job with a winning ratio of 67% and loss ratio of 17% in the 18 Cranes games he has manned. This represents the best winning and loss ratio for any Uganda Cranes coach in over 15 years.
He won the CECAFA championship with a 100% winning ratio in 2019 and has seen the Cranes lose only 3 games and draw a similar number of games.
As soon as his sacking was announced, the Irish man went ahead to appreciate the opportunity he was offered to lead the national team.
He wrote to his social media account, “It has been my pleasure to work with dedicated staff and players to develop the Uganda Cranes since 2019 – a period that saw us win 2 in every 3 games, recording a 67% win rate – including 12 wins, 3 draws and only 3 defeats across our time together.”
Just like the news of Tottenham Hotspur’s sacking of Jose Mourinho, the sacking of Uganda Cranes coach did not come as a surprise to many. By the time FUFA made it official, the country had long moved on with many preferring a local coach to take over at the helm.
His sacking comes after the senior national team failed to qualify for the AFCON 2020 in a group that seemed to be walkover. The double header against South Sudan did McKinstry no good as it entirely exposed his poor game management skills.
Now that McKinstry is gone and the world cup qualifiers are at the corner, the nation is eagerly waiting to see if FUFA this time around trust local coaches with former KCCA head coach Mike Mutebi leading the race.