Squad Picture [Rwanda Training Camp before AFCON2017 Qualifier Vs Ghana on 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]

AFCON2017: Coach McKinstry and the Rwanda Amavubi have completed training ahead of their AFCON2017 qualifier against Ghana Black Stars.


[Rwanda Training Camp before AFCON2017 Qualifier Vs Ghana on 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]


The game is being played in Kigali, Rwanda. (5 September 2015, 15:30 local, 14:30BST, 13:30GMT) .

Following Rwanda's 1-0 victory over Mozambique in June, both Rwanda and Ghana go into the encounter tomorrow at the top of Group H on three points. Ghana started their qualification campaign with a 7-1 victory over Mauritius.

Despite Rwanda's ongoing progress - and being named 'biggest upward mover' (up to 78th worldwide, and 20th in Africa) in the September FIFA rankings released earlier today, Ghana remain at 27th worldwide (and 3rd in Africa).



Speaking at the conclusion of the training camp Coach McKinstry noted that the qualifier not only presented a great challenge for the Amavubi, but also a great opportunity.

“We will be going up against one of Football's top sides, so our players will all have to be at their best if we are to get a result” 

“It’s really a big occasion. The team have been working hard in training and are well prepared for the game”



Match pictures will be available shortly after the game. 





Coach McKinstry [Rwanda Training Camp before AFCON2017 Qualifier Vs Ghana on 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]

AFCON 2017 Qualifiers

The Amavubi face Ghana this weekend (5 September 2105) in their second qualification game for AFCON 2017.  The game is a home fixture, being played in the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, Rwanda. 

RWANDA FIXTURES - AFCON 2017 Qualification

  • 14 Jun 2015 - Mozambique v Rwanda
  • 5 Sep 2015 - Rwanda v Ghana
  • 23-26 Mar 2016 - Mauritius v Rwanda
  • 26-29 Mar 2016 - Rwanda v Mauritius
  • 3-5 Jun 2016 - Rwanda v Mozambique
  • 2-4 Sep 2016 - Ghana v Rwanda





Highlights from Training Camp

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About Coach McKinstry

Johnny McKinstry is a UEFA Pro Licensed Football Coach.  He was International Manager and Head Coach of the Rwanda National Football Team from March 2015 - August 2016.  Within just 17 months he led Rwanda to a number of highs - including their first ever appearance in the knockout stages of a major international tournament (Quarter-finals of CHAN, Jan 2016) and finished runner-up 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.




Quotes: What the media say

  • There is an almost missionary zeal to Johnny McKinstry's devotion to his job.

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    Daily Mirror
  • 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
  • McKinstry has become one of the most rounded and well-travelled British coaches at the highest level abroad.

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