Jonathan Mckinstry: Northern Irishman Named Uganda Cranes Coach

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Football governing body in Uganda, the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA), has named Northern Irishman Jonathan Mckinstry as the new Uganda Cranes coach.

McKinstry, 34, replaces Sebastien Desabre who parted ways with Uganda after an impressive 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Desabre has since joined Egyptian club Pyramids.

The Northern Irish arrived at FUFA house in Mengo on Monday morning.

“Allow me to inform you that the FUFA executive chose Jonathan Mckinstry as the new Cranes coach on a three year contract, starting October 1, 2019,” said FUFA CEO Edgar Watson on Monday morning.

Mckinstry arriving at FUFA house. Courtesy photo

Uganda Cranes has been under local coaches Abdallah Mubiru, Livingston Mbabazi and Sadiq Wassa who were appointed on an interim basis.

Mckinstry will work with the interim coaching staff led by Mubiru, Edgar Watson confirmed.

The Northern Irish is a UEFA Pro licensed football manager. He joins Uganda hours after confirming his resignation as Head Coach of Bangladesh Football Premier League team Saif SC.

He has also previously managed the national team of Rwanda and Sierra Leone. He also coached Lithuania’s Kauno Žalgiris.

His task include taking Uganda back to the Africa Cup of nations in 2021 in Cameroon with Uganda qualification group having Burkina Faso, Malawi and Seychelles.

He will be in charge when Uganda’s CHAN team face Burundi in October in the return leg. Uganda, under Mubiru, won 3-0 in Bujumbura.

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