Former Leone Stars coach linked with Rwanda job


February 6, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Former Sierra Leone national team head coach, Johnny McKinstry, has been linked with the vacant job of the Rwanda national team, the Amavubi.

McKinstry wants to replace Englishman Stephen Constantine who resigned last month.

The 29-year-old was in charge of the Leone Stars from April 2013 until September 2014 before he was sacked after the team’s failure to qualify for the ongoing 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

According to Times Sport, McKinstry said he is interested to discuss with the authority for the vacant job and he is highly interested.

“The opportunity to coach the Rwanda national football team is one that I am intrigued by, and interested in discussing with the powers that be at Ferwafa,” explained the optimistic tactician who was named the youngest active head coach in international football in 2013. “Primarily, is there a chance for success; as some opportunities that arise, you start from a bad position? Obviously hard work is always a key ingredient, but you want there to be a chance of success at the outset, and I do enjoy a challenge.”

McKinstry added: “With the Leone Stars, we took a very progressive approach to the team. We gave out 14 debuts in the 18 months I was in charge, and lowered the average age of the squad from 30 to 23; all while moving the team higher in the FIFA ranking from the mid-90s when I arrived, to a record high position of 50th in the world and seventh in Africa.”

It is against this background therefore that the Briton is looking forward to an opportunity to work with the Amavubi.

“I strongly believe that with the right mixture of hard work, innovation and a defined, attractive playing philosophy, that the coming years could be very exciting for everyone involved with football in Rwanda. Not just with Chan 2016, but also looking forward to Afcon 2017, and the qualification process for the World Cup in 2018.”