The Ministry of Sports and Culture (Minispoc) has officially sacked the Amavubi head coach Johnathan McKinstry following Amavubi’s failure to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals which will be held in Gabon.
The National Teams Specialist in the Ministry of Sports and Culture, Guy Rurangayire confirmed the development on Thursday morning.
Rurangayire told Rwandaeye, “It’s official McKinstry has been sacked following Amavubi’s poor performances. Failure to qualify for Gabon Afcon finals and the continued poor performances in the continental and world-wide performances that continued to deteriorate left us with no option but terminating his contract,”
“Soon we will avail an interim coach to take over the management of the national team and even prepare for the upcoming Group H match against Ghana due on September 3,” added Rurangayire.
The Northern Irishman Johnny McKinstry’s sacking comes five months after renewing his contract to two years.
The 30-year old, who took charge of the Amavubi in March 2015 and renewed it earlier this March, has been shown the exit for poor performance after Rwanda failed to qualify for Afcon 2017 next January in Gabon.
Part of the factors that led to McKinstry’s sacking include the slim Rwanda 1-0 loss to Mauritius and the 3-2 loss to Mozambique which ultimately ended Rwanda’s hopes of qualifying for Gabon’s finals next year.
Another factor is Rwanda’s poor ranking which saw the nation register a record ranking of 64th in late 2014 but has since dropped to 121st in this month’s ranking, an indicator that they have considered as a setback.
During his tenure, McKinstry guided Rwanda to the 2015 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final losing to perennial winners Uganda 1-0.
At Chan 2016, Rwanda stunned Ivory Coast 1-0 in the opener before edging Gabon 2-1 in the second Group A match to qualify for the quarterfinals for the first time at a major football competition.
A 2-1 loss to Democratic Republic of Congo denied the Amavubi a place in the semifinals as the hosts bowed out of the continental tournament organised for locally based players.
This performance convinced the Ministry of Sports and Culture to renew his contract in March but a 1-0 loss to Mauritius spelled trouble for the Northern Irishman.
Rwanda revenged the loss and won 5-0 and still had a chance to make it to Gabon if they could at least beat Mozambique in Kigali but a 3-2 loss further dampened Rwanda’s chances of making it to Gabon.
Rwanda made her debut and only appearance at Africa’s premier football competition in 2004 in Tunisia and failed to make it past the group stages.