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Coach Johnny McKinstry sacked

Northern Irishman Johnny McKinstry has been fired as head coach of Rwanda five months after renewing his contract for two years by the football federation (FERWAFA) for poor performance.

The coach took over the reigns at “Amavubi” in March 2015, guiding them to their first international away win in four years, in a 1-0 triumph over Mozambique in an AFCON 2017 qualifier.

He also steered Rwanda’s home based professionals to the quarterfinals of CHAN 2016 on home soil, and a runner up finish in the CECAFA Senior Challenge the previous year in Ethiopia.

According to a Ministry of Sports and Culture official who preferred anonymity, McKinstry was asked to write a report that was eventually deemed unsatisfactory in regards to the targets he was given.

"We asked him to meet some standards which included qualifying for Afcon 2017, but we were shocked when we lost to Mauritius in Belle Vue having prepared the team as best as possible and even hiring a private jet," said the official.

"Then the 3-2 loss to Mozambique at home meant we were not going to Gabon. That result shocked us because we had beaten Mozambique in Maputo."

The official also pointed out that at the time of his appointment, Rwanda was ranked a record high 64th on the Fifa rankings, but the team has since dropped to 121st in the latest release of the list.

Before joining Amavubi, the 31 year old was the head Coach of Sierra Leone, taking them to their highest ever FIFA ranking at position 50.

Rwanda is already out of the road to Gabon 2017, and have been sinking lower in the latest FIFA ranking. The team is currently ranked 121 from as high as top 90 two months back. They next face Ghana in the last round of qualifiers in September.


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