The World Football Governing body, FIFA, has instructed Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) to pay former national team coach Johnny McKinstry US$180,000 (about Rwf158 million) for his unlawful dismissal two years ago.
The development was confirmed in a media briefing by newly elected FERWAFA president Brig. Gen (rtd) Jean-Damascène Sekamana.
But the former Intare FC vice president also revealed that FERWAFA has decided to appeal what it calls a ‘harsh’ decision.
Irish-born McKinstry was fired as Amavubi head coach on June 18, 2016 following a dismal run of results despite having guided the Amavubi to the quarter-finals of the 4th African Nations Championship (CHAN) staged in Rwanda earlier that year.
“It looks like we have lost the case but we need to appeal the decision (to a FIFA appeals organ),” Sekamana said Friday.
Failure to pay the staggering amount could result in Rwanda facing a ban from all FIFA-sanctioned activities.
Before he got fired, 32-year old McKinstry had just signed a one-year contract extension that would have ended in May 2017.
Under McKinstry, Amavubi declined in FIFA monthly rankings, dropping from the country’s ever best position (68th) to 121st under him.