McKinstry Up For Debut Win As Cranes Head Coach

After his appointment as Uganda Cranes head coach at the end of last month on a three-year deal, Northern Irishman Johnny McKinstry is looking forward at starting life at his new job positively.

His first assignment in the position will be a friendly game against Ethiopia at Bahir Dar Stadium on Sunday October 13th.

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A win for Uganda Cranes will see McKinstry earning victory on his first game in charge something which his predecessor Sébastien Desabre failed to do.

In fact Desabre had to win until his fourth game in charge to register his first win as Uganda Cranes head coach and it was a 3-1 win against Sao Tome and in a friendly match played on March 24th 2018.

Meanwhile, Desabre’s predecessor Milutin Sredojevic also failed to win on his first assignment as Cranes coach, he lost 3-0 against Libya at Tripoli International Stadium in a friendly game.

He however went ahead to win his next four games,  1-0 and 2-1 wins against Liberia and Angola in World Cup qualifiers before winning both legs against Tanzania in African Nations Championship qualifiers 1-0 away and 3-1 at home.

Before Micho, Bobby Williamson also failed this task as he lost his debut game 3-1 against Niger but went ahead to win his second game in charge and it was a 2-1 home win against Benin in World Cup qualifiers.


Williamson’s predecessor László Csaba also had to wait until his eighth game to register his first win as Cranes head coach, it was a 2-0 win against Burundi in a friendly match. In his first match, Cranes lost 3-2 against Libya in August 2006.

Therefore, Cranes’ win against Ethiopia will be a big milestone in McKinstry’s career as Cranes head coach.


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