Former Leones Stars coach gets Rwanda job


March 23, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Former Sierra Leone national team head coach, Johnny McKinstry, has been named new Rwanda national football team boss, replacing Stephen Constantine who resigned in January.

The 29-year-old tactician announced his appointment on his twitter page on Friday afternoon, saying: “I am delighted to confirm that I have accepted the [Rwanda Football Association] offer to become head coach of the Rwanda national team.”

And in his reaction, McKinstry posted on his official “I am very pleased to be able to accept the offer made by FERWAFA to become the new coach of the Rwandan national team. Since my time with Sierra Leone I have been seeking an opportunity that would, with my input, have potential for tangible and sustained success.

“In Rwanda I believe I have found that opportunity, and am pleased to have been tasked with the responsibility of guiding the Amavubi forward into CHAN 2016, which will be hosted in Rwanda, as well as in pursuit of qualification for AFCON 2017 and the 2018 World Cup in Russia.”

McKinstry, who had been a favourite since the four-man shortlist was announced over a fortnight ago, beat Hans Michael Weiss (Germany), Jose Manuel Ferreira de Morais (Portugal) and Engin Firat (Germany/Turkey) to the top football job in Rwanda.

He also stated: “I can assure the thousands of Amavubi supporters who fill the stands for every game and those further afield, that the players, technical staff and myself will give everything within our power to bring you success. We will work tirelessly to develop the Amavubi into a major force within African football, playing a distinctive, attacking brand of football that in time will become synonymous with Rwandan football.”

McKinstry will also prepare the U-23 national side that will take on Somalia in the Rio 2016 Olympic qualifier next month, as well as the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers that start in October.