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UEFA Pro Coach and Professional Football Manager.  

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

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

 

News & Reviews

Coach McKinstry leads Uganda to 2019 CECAFA Victory

CECAFA 2019: Coach McKinstry leads Uganda to 2019 CECAFA Victory

Uganda win CECAFA 2019: Uganda beat Eritrea to be crowned CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Winners of 2019 (19 Dec 2019). Read More
AFCON 2021: Uganda top Qualification group after opening week

AFCON 2021: Uganda top qualification group after opening week

Uganda go top of AFCON Qualification Group B with a win over Malawi, and a draw with top seed Burkina Faso (19 Nov 2019). Read More
Coach McKinstry named Head Coach of Uganda 'Cranes' National Team

Coach McKinstry named Head Coach of Uganda 'Cranes' National Team

OFFICIAL PRESS STATEMENT: Coach McKinstry appointed to lead the Uganda National Football Team until 2022 (30 Sep 2019). Read More
Coach McKinstry calls time in Bangladesh

Coach McKinstry calls time in Bangladesh

OFFICIAL PRESS STATEMENT: Coach McKinstry calls time with Bangladesh Premier League team, Saif Sporting Club Ltd. (30 Sep 2019). 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
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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  • Uganda National Team

    Appointed in October 2019, Coach McKinstry is currently Head Coach of the Uganda national team
    By December 2019, after only 3 months in charge, Uganda had won CECAFA 2019; were sitting top of their AFCON qualification group; and had secured 9 wins and 1 draw from 10 games.
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  • Rwanda National Team

    As Head Coach of the Rwanda national team (2015-16), 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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Coach McKinstry on ITV to present AFCON 2015

AFCON Coverage on ITV4

Coach McKinstry joins Jacqui Oatley and co-hosts on ITV to present AFCON 2015 to soccer fans in the UK.

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Coach McKinstry will form part of the ITV team for AFCON 2015.

Also part of the team are pundits including Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie, former Nigerian international Efan Ekoku, Fabrice Muamba, Hull striker Sone Aluko, Watford defender Sebastien Bassong, and former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune.AFCON2015 ITV FabriceJohnny Jan2015 800400

 

ITV4 will show highlights of every game from the Africa Cup of Nations 2015 as well as live matches.  

In the commentary box are Clive Tyldesley, Sam Matterface, Joe Speight and Jon Champion, Nigel Adderley and David Stowell alongside Andy Townsend and Efan Ekoku.

 

Coverage

Coverage of the tournament starts on Saturday January 17 with highlights of hosts Equatorial Guinea taking on Congo along with a match between 2013 finalists Burkina Faso and Gabon.

Live coverage on ITV4 includes a deciding match from each of the four groups, as well as both semi-finals and the final on February 8 in Bata.

 

 

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Watch on TV or Online.

Coach McKinstry will be in studio on Thursday 22 January and Friday 23 January.  Tune in at 10pm on ITV4.

Coverage is also available online for a limited time at https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/africa-cup-of-nations

 

   

Match analysis on johnnymckinstry.com

AFCON2015 ITV JohnnyStudio Jan2015 800400Coach McKinstry will also be sharing his techical analysis and management insights on key games of AFCON 2015, building on his knowldge of African football and his first hand experience of the teams gained while he was manager of the Sierra Leone National team in 2013-14.

Visit his AFCON 2015 hub for his views and expert insights on selected games.  

You can also follow @johnnymckinstry on twitter or share the easy-to-use link bit.ly/afcon2015

 

 

AFCON 2015 Fixtures

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 You can see the official CAF list of AFCON2015 fixtures and results here

 

 

 

 

 

About Coach McKinstry

Johnny McKinstry was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men's Football team from April 2013 - September 2014. Within just 16 months (August 2014) Coach McKinstry led Sierra Lone to their highest ever FIFA World and African rankings - 7th in Africa and 50th in the World.

You can read more about Coach McKinstry's

Quotes: What the media say

  • McKinstry has experienced much more than the average coach his age. His career has gone from strength to strength, starting in Northern Ireland and England, then via America to West Africa eventually.

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    Damien Edgar Backpage Football
  • Under his management, the team played attractive football, scored goals and racked up some important results.

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    Eoin O'Callaghan the42.ie
  • McKinstry made an impressive start, losing just one of his first six matches and leading Sierra Leone into the top 50 of Fifa's world rankings, above Northern Ireland, the Republic, Cameroon and Senegal.

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    Ben Smith BBC Sport
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