Uganda names Jonathan Mckinstry new national coach

Author: Maurice Quansah
FUFA President, Justus Mugisha handing the Uganda jersey to the new national team coach at his unveiling

The Uganda Football Federation has confirmed Northern Irishman Jonathan ‘Johnny’ Mckinstry is the new head coach of Uganda's Cranes ahead of the next national team assignments.

McKinstry, 34, replaces Frenchman Sebastien Desabre who resigned after the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt in July.

He was officially unveiled today by the acting FUFA President, Justus Mugisha, The young tactician was the successful choice from the 137 coaches that applied for the job.

The final three-man shortlist that had McKinstry, Hugo Broos and Luc Eymael was generated by a panel of experts that included African legend Kalusha Bwalya, FUFA CEO Edgar Watson, Stone Kyambadde.

Uganda's new coach once handled Sierra Leone and Rwanda

He is of late been head coach at Bangladesh side, Saif Sporting Club, having previously handled the Sierra Leone and Rwanda national teams.

McKinstry’s immediate task at hand will be to handle the return leg of the CHAN 2020 qualifier as Uganda Cranes host Burundi in Kampala.

Uganda triumphed 3-0 during the opening leg played a fortnight ago in Bujumbura.

“I am hungry for success like the Ugandan players who have recently been at AFCON. I want to maintain the good crop of players who have been successful with Uganda and it's time for more hard work to follow federation objectives,” said McKinstry.

Jonathan Mckinstry signed a three-year contract with FUFA

He will take over the Cranes for the next three years effective October 1.

“We need to improve players and the team, look outside of Africa after AFCON we are looking at the World Cup as the major target. We are hungry for success,” added McKinstry.