The Ministry of Culture and Sports yesterday paid the full amount of money owed to a sacked football coach in respect of an order by global governing body FIFA.
A spokesperson of the Ministry Karambizi Olivier Oleg, confirmed in statement to media houses that the $217,195 (Rwf 196m) had been cleared.
In March 2015, Rwanda hired an Irishman Johnathan McKinstry also known as Johnny, as head coach for the national football team Amavubi paying him $11,000 as monthly salary.
He was abruptly fired in August 2016, after a string of poor results and failing to guide the team to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations which was hosted in Gabon.
Two years later, following unending wrangling between the fired coach, FIFA and FERWAFA, Rwanda’s governing body was ordered by FIFA to pay $180,000 for unlawful dismissal.
Rwanda hoped the decision would eventually never be implemented.
On March 25, FIFA made the final ruling on the matter, and even indicated that the amount had accumulated to $217,195.
Rwanda was given one month, with an April 25 deadline.
If Rwanda had not paid up yesterday, FIFA had said the country would be removed from all its activities.
The sports and culture ministry spokesperson said they had “learnt a lesson” from paying such a large amount of money.
It is the first time such an incident has happened to Rwanda as a country, ending up paying a fine in a sports issue.
Some heads my role at the ministry and FERWAFA as government goes back to the drawing board to establish what went wrong.
McKinstry is now head coach of Bangladesh Football Premier League team Saif SC.