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UEFA Pro Coach and Professional Football Manager.  

Experienced at the highest level, including as Head Coach of both the Rwanda National Football Team and the Sierra Leone National Football Team.  

European (UEFA), American (NSCAA) and university qualified, with a record of elite player development across America, Africa and Europe.

 

News & Reviews

Coach McKinstry joins A-Lyga club FK Kauno Zalgiris

Coach McKinstry joins A-Lyga club FK Kauno Zalgiris

Coach McKinstry joins Lithuanian A-Lyga club FK Kauno Zalgiris as Head Coach (July 2017). Read More
Coach McKinstry: Rwanda - Review

Review: Moving the Rwanda 'Amavubi' to New Heights.

Review: Coach McKinstry led Rwanda to their best ever performance in a major competition (Qtr-Finals of CHAN) and finished runner up in CECAFA. (January 2017). Read More
[Rwanda v Mauritius, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 29 March 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]

AFCON2017: Rwanda thrash Mauritius 5-0

AFCON 2017: Rwanda put 5 goals past Mauritius in Kigali. (29 Mar 2016). Read More
CECAFA 2015: Coach McKinstry named 'Coach of the Tournament'

CECAFA 2015: Coach McKinstry named 'Coach of the Tournament'

CECAFA 2015: Coach McKinstry is awarded 'Coach of the Tournament', having led Rwanda to the competition final (5 Dec 2015). Read More
CECAFA 2015: Rwanda take Runner-up spot.

CECAFA 2015: Rwanda take runner-up spot.

CECAFA 2015: The Amavubi secure silver medals, having exceeded general expectations to progress to the competition finals (5 Dec 2015). Read More
Coach McKinstry, working with the Leone Stars.  Pic © Darren McKinstry - more at www.johnnymckinstry.com/leonestars

Review: Coach McKinstry's Successes & Challenges with the Leone Stars

Within just 16 months Coach McKinstry had led Sierra Leone to their highest ever FIFA World and African rankings (August 2014). Read More
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  • Rwanda National Team

    As Head Coach of the national team, Coach McKinstry led Rwanda to new heights.
    This included securing Rwanda’s best ever performance in a major competition (Quarter-Finals of the 2016 CAF Nations Championship); finishing runner up in CECAFA 2015; and other key achievements.
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  • Sierra Leone National Team

    Coach McKinstry was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National team from April 2013 - September 2014.
    Within just 16 months Coach McKinstry had led Sierra Leone to their highest ever FIFA World and African rankings - 7th in Africa and 50th in the World (August 2014), an achievement hailed by FIFA.com as "remarkable".
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Quotes: What the media say

  • McKinstry has come close to a giant killing before, when his Sierra Leone side came within half an hour of defeating Herve Renard’s Cote d’Ivoire.

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    Ed Dove Goal.com
  • Very few 29-year-olds have managed a national football team. None have done it while that country is being brought to its knees by Ebola.

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    Ben Smith BBC Sport
  • Leone Stars shine with purpose... what is even more remarkable is what the young Northern Irishman has done ... the Leone Stars are ranked 50th in the world and seventh in Africa – higher than they have ever been.

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    fifa.com
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