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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 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
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

  • 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 led the team to their highest ever placing in the FIFA world rankings. They broke into the top 50, ahead of his native Northern Ireland.

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    Damien Edgar Backpage Football
  • 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
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