By Brian Bariyo Tumuramye
Kampala: The long awaited confirmation has been revealed on Monday, 30th September 2019 that Northern Irishman Jonathan ‘Johnny’ Mckinstry is the new Uganda Cranes head coach.
McKinstry, 34, replaces Frenchman Sebastien Desabre who resigned after the AFCON 2019 finals in Egypt in July 2019.
He was officially unveiled by the FUFA CEO Edgar Watson who was flanked by the acting FUFA President Justus Mugisha and Communications Director, Ahmed Hussein.
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 were generated by a panel of experts that included African legend Kalusha Bwalya, FUFA CEO Edgar Watson, Stone Kyambadde.
He is of late been head coach at Bangladesh entity 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.
We chose a Coach who fits the right age group of Ugandan players, a coach who will be a resident coach to monitor the players.
Edgar Watson, FUFA CEO Ugandan players are hungry for success. They have the fire burning within them. i am eager to work with them Jonathan Mckinstry
I welcome the new coach Jonathan McKinstry. I thank the selection committee that chose the shortlist from the 137 applicants. It was an easy job for us when we sat in