Sierra Leone National Team

Alhassan 'Crespo' Kamara, chips the keeper only to have it cleared from the line by a Tunisian defender [Leone Stars vs. Tunisia, June 2013 (Pic: Darren McKinstry)

Coach McKinstry and the Leone Stars have drawn 2-2 as Tunisia equalised in the final minute.

 

George 'Kweku' Davies makes his international debut against Tunisia, June 2013 (Pic: Darren McKinstry)Reflecting on a spectacular performance by Sierra Leone which was marred only by an error in the final seconds, Coach McKinsty commented  "Naturally everyone is very disappointed at how the game ended.  To have controlled the match for such long periods of time against a team ranked some 30 places ahead of us, as well as the attacking intent we showed throughout the encounter, was a mark of the work put in during our first week together." 

Reflecting on the changes Coach McKinstry had sought to make during his first week in charge, McKinstry commented "At half time it was clear that the players had really bought into what we were trying to do, and how we wanted to play the game.  Leading 1-0 they were confident, and we went out in the second half to try and finish the game off - so it is very disappointing that after having led twice in the game we were to concede an equaliser in the 90th minute..."

Kei Kamara Celebrates his goal against Tunisia, June 2013 (Pic: Darren McKinstry)McKinstry is mindful of the work that lies ahead, both in the short and long term - "Our task now is to pick the team up ahead of our game in Cape Verde next week where despite the odds being against us in terms of qualification for the World Cup, the mathematics says we are still in with a shout... but more work is required to ensure we convert any chances, such as those that were possible today when we were leading 2-1"

 

 

 

 

 

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Notes to Editors

  1. The game is a World Cup 2013 Qualifier against Tunisia on 8 June 2013
  2. The game is the first in charge for Coach McKinstry who was appointed in April 2013.
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About Coach McKinstry

Coach McKinstry is a UEFA Pro Licensed Football Coach.  As Head Coach of the Uganda National Team, the 'Uganda Cranes' (2019 - 2021) he delivered a WIN from 2 in every 3 games and went undefeated in over 8 in every 10 games played.  This represented the highest 'win' and 'undefeated' rate achieved by a Uganda National Team Coach in over 15 years.  In his first 3 months in charge, he had led Uganda to win CECAFA 2019; had put Uganda top of their AFCON qualification group; and secured 9 wins and 1 draw from his first 10 games.  In winning CECAFA 2019, Uganda did so by winning all six of their matches, only the second time in Uganda's history that they had done so by winning every game they played in the tournament.  In AFCON qualifiers, under his management Uganda were the only team of all 48 nations competing to have conceded zero goals from open play.

He was International Manager and Head Coach of the Rwanda National Football Team (2015-16). 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 (2013-14). 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).  He was Head Coach of Saif Sporting Club, Bangladesh Premier League (2018-19); and FK Kauno Zalgiris, Lithuanian A-Lyga (2017-18).  He is a European (UEFA), American (NSCAA) and university qualified football coach. 

Coach McKinstry is a member of 'Common Goal'. Together members seek to support high-impact organisations that harness the power of football to advance the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

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

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    These Football Times
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