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Press Conference: Coach McKinstry arrives in Rwanda

Coach McKinstry arrives in Rwanda and immediately sets out his plans and hopes for the Amavubi. 

Coach McKinstry speaks on his experience and motivation to come to Rwanda, along with the steps that he feels he and the football association can take to build the Amavubi and other national teams in the months and years ahead. 

Speaking alongside Ferwafa boss Degaule Nzamwitaat at his unveiling news conference at the Ferwafa headquarters in Remera, Coach McKinstry set out how he hoped that developing an attacking style of football would not only improve the long term prospects of the team, but also entertain and delight their loyal fans. 

 

 

 Newly appointed Amavubi head coach Johnny McKinstry has promised to turn the national side into an 'attacking' side that dominates possession for most parts of the game.

Source: The New Times, Rwanda

Speaking at his unveiling news conference, yesterday, at the Ferwafa headquarters in Remera, McKinstry said, "Football is an entertainment sport. People who go to watch football are no different from people who go to the cinema to watch a movie or to the theater to watch a play, it is about enjoyment."

"I grew up watching great attacking football and goals being scored. For me I want to play football that the players enjoy to play but also make the supporters get up on their feet because they are excited. That's where we want to take the team," he said.

The 29-year-old Irishman is quick to admit that this will not be a walk in the park. He continues to explain that,

"Now that is not easy. Some people will come here and say that we want to play direct football and we want to grind out 1-0s and sometimes that is needed. Sometimes you need to play a certain way to get the result you need but in the long run, we want to create an attacking style of football where the Amavubi are the team with the possession of the ball for most of the game. Does that happen overnight? No it does not."

 

 

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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

  • 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 has experienced much more than the average coach his age. His career has gone from strength to strength, starting in Northern Ireland and England, then via America to West Africa eventually.

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    Damien Edgar Backpage Football
  • This is not a man who does things by the book. Having been a coach from the age of 15, McKinstry already has miles on the clock.

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    Ben Smith BBC Sport
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