Squad Picture [Rwanda Training Camp before WC2018 Qualifier Vs Libya on 11 Nov 2015.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]

WorldCup 2018: Coach McKinstry and the Rwanda Amavubi complete training camp ahead of Libya World Cup Qualifier.


[Training camp ahead of Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 12 Nov 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]


The game is being played in Stade Olympique de Sousse,  Tunisia. (13 November 2015, 14:30 local, 13:30GMT) .


Speaking to Ferwafa.rw after Wednesday’s training session at El Mouradi training club, Amavubi head coach Johhny McKinstry said, “The training camp has been going well so far, with all the players being in an upbeat and focused mood ahead of our first leg encounter with Libya on Friday,”


“Everyone has been working well in training, and we are pleased that fitness levels for the whole group,”

“We have studied our opponents very closely; and the players know what to expect come Friday afternoon. We know that Libya have the quality to play good football but we are confident that if the players can implement our game plan over the two games, then we can come out on top,” added McKinstry.[Training camp ahead of Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 12 Nov 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]


Amavubi held their final training session at Stade Olympique de Sousse on Thursday afternoon ahead of Friday’s game.


Source: Ferwafa.rw









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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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  • 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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  • 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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