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Exclusive: FUFA turn to Irish flavour for next Uganda Cranes coach

Reliable sources indicate that the next Uganda Cranes coach hails from Ireland and was recently in the country for a KCCA game | courtesy photo

 In the past, the Uganda Cranes’ dugout has had a Hungarian, Scottish, Serbian and French touch.

Still without a permanent head coach currently, credible sources indicate that Irishman Jonathan McKinstry is set to be the next Cranes head coach.

The reports are making rounds after FUFA confirmed at their 95th AGM in Adjumani that the next Uganda Cranes head coach will be announced in the first week of October

The Former Rwanda Amavubi Stars head coach is the current head coach of Bangladesh Premier league side Saif SC, a side he joined last year switching from Lithuanian outfit FK Kauno Zalgiris.

If and when McKinstry is confirmed as head coach, he would have beaten 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winning coach with Cameroon Hugo Broos and Belgian Luc Eymael. The trio were reported to have made the final shortlist for the job.

Although Eymael was confirmed as the next coach at Premier Soccer League outfit Black Leopards last week.

The 34-year-old who holds a UEFA Pro coaching badge, will be replacing Frenchman Sebastien Desabre who stepped down a day after Uganda was eliminated from the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations at the Round of 16 by Senegal.

Desabre has since joined Egyptian top division side, Pyramids FC, with Abdallah Mubiru taking charge of the Cranes on interim basis.

McKinstry, has previously been coach of Sierra Leone national team between 2013 and 2014, before moving to Rwanda in 2016, guiding their national side to the quarter finals of the 2016 African Championships (CHAN).

As coach of the Cranes, he is set to link up with by Ibrahim Mugisha who is also in line of taking over as the next goalkeeping coach, replacing Fred Kajoba.

Mugisha and McKinstry worked together as coaches in Rwanda, and the latter is believed to have given Mugisha the courage to apply for the goalkeeping job, in case he is considered on the permanent basis

It’s not yet clear if he will be coming with his own assistant coach but current Uganda Cranes interim head coach Abdallah Mubiru is a strong contender to be considered as one of his deputies.

We can also reliably report that Kefa Kisala, Moses Basena and Matia Lule all applied for the role of the assistant coaches, a position they have all held in the past.

Past Uganda Cranes coaches

Alan Rogers (1965–1966)

Robert Kiberu (19??–1969)

Burkhard Pape (1969–1972)

David Otti (1973–1974)

Otto Westerhoff (1974–1975)

Peter Okee (1976–1981)

Bidandi Ssali (1982)

Peter Okee (1983)

George Mukasa (1984–1985)

Barnabas Mwesiga (1986–1988)

Robert Kiberu (1988–1989)

Polly Ouma (1989–1995)

Timothy Ayieko (1995–1996)

Asuman Lubowa (1996–1999)

Paul Hasule (1999)

Harrison Okagbue (1999–2001)

Paul Hasule (2001–2003)

Pedro Pasculli (2003)

Leo Adraa (2003–2004)

Mike Mutebi (2004)

Mohammed Abbas (2004–2006)

Csaba László (2006–2008)

Bobby Williamson (2008–2013)

Milutin Sredojević (2013–2017)

Moses Basena (Interim, 2017)

Sébastien Desabre (2017–2019)

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