Irishman Johnathan McKinstry was appointed as the new head coach of the Uganda Cranes in the press conference held at FUFA House Mengo on September 30th.
He signed a three-year contract, replacing French national Sébastien Desabre who left the position to take up a head coaching position with Pyramids FC in Egypt in July.
In this article, chimpreports brings you the information about the new Uganda Cranes gaffer.
He is a UEFA Pro licensed football manager. It is the highest coaching certification available and generally follows the completion of the UEFA ‘B’ and ‘A’ licences.
He has coached in several countries such as Northern Ireland, England, USA, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Lithuania. Initially, he was focused on elite youth development through roles with Newcastle United, New York Red Bulls, the Right to Dream Academy and the Craig Bellamy Foundation.
He has for long had desires to coach Uganda Cranes, he was shortlisted by FUFA as one of the applicants for the job when Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic had ended his contract with Fufa in July the 2017 over unpaid wages.
Overall, he has been in charge of 72 games at both club and international level. He has won 30 and lost 30. He has drawn 12 and his win ratio is at 41.67%.
McKinstry’s immediate task is to lead Uganda Cranes into the 2020 Total African Nations championship ahead of the return leg qualifying game as Uganda Cranes host Burundi in Kampala.