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

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

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    Eoin O'Callaghan
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