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Uganda Cranes: McKinstry Fires Fred Kajoba

Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan Mckinstry has fired his goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba.

Kajoba left Cranes camp to attend Church service on Christmas Morning without consent from the Northern Irishman, The-SportsNation has exclusively learnt.

The furious Mckinstry reportedly told FUFA that Kajoba’s departure from the team’s camp goes against the regulations.

He said that Kajoba, attending Church and interacting with the outside, will bring Covid19 in Camp.

Maama Maria: Fred Kajoba is a staunch Catholic. Courtesy

Consequently, Mckinstry has forwarded the case to the Federation in Mengo and has asked for a replacement.

The-SportsNation has learnt that McKinstry has recommended Ibrahim Mugisha as Kaioba’s replacement, having worked with him in Rwanda.

Mckinstry Not a Saint As Well

It is said that McKinstry himself doesn’t stay with the team at Cranes Paradise Hotel at Kisasi.

The coach has as well allowed his assistant Abdallah Mubiru to leave for Prayers while Livingston Mbabazi has left the Camp on various occasions as well.

L-R: Livingston Mbabazi, Jonathan Mckinstry and Abdallah Mubiru. FUFA

Mckinstry has not had a good relationship with Fred Kajoba from the start.

The unhealthy relationship finally hit its climax on Christmas morning when Mckinstry tried to reach Kajoba who was in church, but in vain.

Mckinstry then texted Kajoba not to return to camp, again.

The decision, despite being selectively applied, will set a precedence and be an example to many who would have broken the Covid19 regulations of the camp.

What Next For Kajoba and Uganda Cranes?

FUFA has issued a statement in regards to the matter, confirming that Kajoba has been released after not being able to observe the camp regulations at the Team Hotel in Kisasi.

The Federation has added that the camp regulations require all members of the contingent to follow the strict Covid-19 SOPs.

Fred Kajoba (right) during Uganda Cranes training at Lugogo. FUFA

The Uganda Cranes Contingent will leave on Monday 28th December 2020 for a pre- CHAN tournament in Cameroon in preparation for the Total CHAN Finals that starts mid-January 2021.

FUFA has stated that a replacement for the goalkeeping coach “will be named by the FUFA Executive in due course.”

At the Pre-Chan tourney, Uganda will face hosts Cameroon, Zambia and Niger.

For Kajoba, it is so far not so good for him at the club level after his Vipers bundled out of CAF Champions League on the first hurdle.

They managed just a point against Wakiso and needed two late goals to overcome struggling newcomers Kitara FC.

With the league set to return in February next year, Kajoba has been given a long break.


Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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