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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 moves on from A-Lyga club FK Kauno Zalgiris

Coach McKinstry moves on from A-Lyga club FK Kauno Zalgiris

Coach McKinstry has departed from his role as Head Coach of A-Lyga club FK Kauno Zalgiris (Jan 2018). 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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Johnny McKinstry is currently International Manager and Head Coach of the Rwanda National Football Team.

Within just 10 months he led Rwanda to their first ever appearance in the knockout stages of a major international tournament (Quarter-finals of CHAN, Jan 2016).  Just one month before that had secured runner's up position in CECAFA (Dec 2105), being named 'Coach of the Tournament' for his efforts.  

He was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men's Football team from April 2013 - September 2014.   Within just over a year, he had led Sierra Leone to their highest ever FIFA World and African rankings - 7th in Africa and 50th in the World (August 2014).  

From Jan 2010 - Dec 2014 he set up and developed the Craig Bellamy Elite Soccer Academy in Sierra Leone - placing elite young players in Europe, Asia and North America. 

He is a European (UEFA), American (NSCAA) and university qualified football coach with extensive experience of coaching across Europe, America and Africa.

 

 

You can find out more by following the links below.

Johnny McKinstry, Football Coach

Coach McKinstry is a UEFA Pro Coach and Professional football manager, with experience of coaching in Africa, America and Europe. 

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Johnny McKinstry, Academy Manager, coaching elite young players

Coach McKinstry has extensive experience in elite player development, at both full international level and in elite academies. 

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Johnny McKinstry, International Manager

Coach McKinstry is a professional football manager with experience at full international level (Rwanda & Sierra Leone). 

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Quotes: What the media say

  • If one day, McKinstry reaches the very pinnacle of the game, few could begrudge him his day in the sun... no one could say he hasn’t earned it.

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    Daily Mirror
  • 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
  • Johnny McKinstry is one of the most intelligent, level-headed and knowledgeable managers in the game today. Few can match his achievements by the age of 30, and fewer still the success he has enjoyed in the game.

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    These Football Times
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