Amavubi head coach Johnny Mckinstry has been sacked following a dismal run of results.
The decision was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports and Culture Lt Col Patrice Rugambwa.
McKinstry, 30, had signed a contract extension in May, just over a year after he took over the Amavubi job in February 2015 replacing Briton Stephen Constantine in January 2015.
"We have taken a decision to relieve him of his duties after assessing the performance of the national team, including the team’s continued dropping in FIFA rankings," Rugambwa said this morning, adding that the decision had just been taken in a meeting and duly communicated to McKinstry.
Under McKinstry, a former Sierra Leone head coach, the Amavubi declined in the FIFA/Coca-Cola rankings, coming in a lowly 121st in the latest ranking released earlier this month.
He took over the Amavubi job when the team was ranked 68th globally, the country’s highest ever ranking.
McKinstry also leaves after seeing Amavubi fail to qualify for the 2017 African Nations finals, having lost 2-3 to Mozambique in Kigali in their latest qualifier in June, in addition to earlier 1-0 defeats to visitors Ghana and hosts Mauritius.
Mckinstry’s record in 25 games
29/03/2015 (FIFA Friendly) Zambia 2-0 Rwanda
06/06/2015 FIFA Friendly Rwanda 0-0 Kenya
07/06/2015 FIFA Friendly Rwanda 2-0 Tanzania
14/06/2015 CAF Nations Cup Qual Mozambique 0-1 Rwanda
28/08/2015 FIFA Friendly Rwanda 3-1 Ethiopia
05/09/2015 CAF Nations Cup Qual Rwanda 0-1 Ghana
12/09/2015 FIFA Friendly Rwanda 0-1 Gabon
13/11/2015 FIFA World Cup Qual Libya 1-0 Rwanda
17/11/2015 FIFA World Cup Qual Rwanda 1-3 Libya
21/11/2015 CECAFA Cup Ethiopia 0-1 Rwanda
24/11/2014 CECAFA Cup Rwanda 1-2 Tanzania
27/11/2015 CECAFA Cup Rwanda 3-0 Somalia
01/12/2015 CECAFA Cup QF Rwanda 0-0 (5-3p) Kenya
03/12/2015 CECAFA Cup SF Rwanda 1-1 (4-2p) Sudan
05/12/2015 CECAFA Cup F Uganda 1-0 Rwanda
06/01/2016 FIFA Friendly Rwanda 1-1 Cameroon
10/01/2016 FIFA Friendly Rwanda 1-0 DR Congo
16/01/2016 CAF Nations Championship Rwanda 1-0 Ivory Coast
20/01/2016 CAF Nations Championship Rwanda 2-1 Gabon
24/01/2016 CAF Nations Championship Morocco 4-1 Rwanda
30/01/2016 CAF Nations Championship QF Rwanda 1-1 (1-2et) DR Congo
26/03/2016 CAF Nations Cup Qual Mauritius 1-0 Rwanda
29/03/2016 CAF Nations Cup Qual Rwanda 5-0 Mauritius
28/05/2016 FIFA Friendly Rwanda 0-2 Senegal
04/06/2016 CAF Nations Cup Qualification Rwanda 2-3 Mozambique.