Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry has been told to step aside for a period of one month with immediate effect.

“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,” FUFA said in a statement.

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.

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“FUFA will use the period to assess and monitor the performance of the team,” the statement read.

McKinstry was appointed as the Uganda Cranes head coach in September 2019, replacing Sebastien Desabre who resigned after the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt.

Uganda Cranes will play against Burkina Faso at home on March 24 before concluding the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign away against Malawi on March 29. The Northern Irish manager won’t be on the touchline for both games.