The Ministry of Sports and Culture (Minispoc) has named APR’s Coach Gilbert Kanyankole as the Amavubi’s interim head coach and will be assisted by AS Kigali’s Eric Nshimiyimana and Jimmy Mulisa in the upcoming Africa Nations’ Cup qualifier against Ghana due on September 3 in Accra.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports and Culture, Lt. Col Rugambwa Patrice confirmed the development on Thursday evening.
Rugambwa said, “We have chosen experience local coaches to take over the management of the national team on the interim basis for the upcoming game against Ghana. After that we will sit with Ferwafa to find a long term coach who will drive the nation’s targets in as far as being competitive in Africa competitions is concerned,”
Rugambwa suggested that a couple of Rwandan coaches could match or even better McKinstry’s performances with the Amavubi.
“I think Rwandans have the capacity to lead the national team, which is why we have decided that the game against Ghana be handled by local coaches.”
Commenting on McKinstry’s sacking, Rugambwa said, “We accessed his performances and we found fit to sack him because we believed, there is nothing more he could offer. In his contract, he had committed to guide the country to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and to the 2018 World Cup, both of which are now mathematically impossible to achieve, he didn’t deliver on what he promised and there’s no other option,”
Mulisa, 32, who was a key part of the Amavubi side that featured in the country’s first ever and only African Cup of Nations finals in Tunisia in 2004 and had professional stints in several European countries, has been an assistant to McKinstry.
Rugambwa further added that McKinstry who was earning $10,000 (Rwf7, 939,721.63) a month, will be given a one-month (September) additional salary following his sacking but if McKinstry decides to take the case to FIFA for breach of contract, Rwanda government might find themselves incurring more $50,000 which they last paid to Croatian Tucak Branko when they sacked him in 2013.