Coach McKinstry to lead Rwanda Amavubi for next 2 years.

FERWAFA and the Ministry of Sport have confirmed Coach McKinstry as the Head Coach of the Rwanda National Men's Football team for the next 2 years. (23 March 2016).

In a two year deal, the Coach will continue his work to develop the Rwanda Senior National Men's Football team, as well as the National u-23 team.

The appointment comes on the back of a number of key successes in Coach McKinstry's first year of tenure.

Coach McKinstry speaks to players ahead of extra time. [Rwanda V DR Congo, Quarter Finals - CHAN, Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]Coach McKinstry speaks to players ahead of extra time. [Rwanda V DR Congo, Quarter Finals - CHAN]  (Pic: ©www.XtraTimeSports.net)

In June, after just 3 months in charge he led Rwanda as they secured their first competitive away goal in 4 years, overcoming Mozambique in their opening fixture of AFCON 2017 qualifiers.   In September 2015, he came close to taking points from Ghana in their second AFCON 2017 qualifier, only to be thwarted when Ghana scored an 87th minute free kick.

By December, just 9 months after appointment, he had led Rwanda to secure the runner's up position in CECAFA 2015, being named 'Coach of the Tournament' for his efforts.

More however was still to come, and in January 2016 he led Rwanda to their first ever appearance in the knock-out stages of a major international tournament, reaching the Quarter-finals of CHAN losing out to DR Congo who would go on to win the tournament.

 

Commenting on the announcement of his new contract Coach McKinstry said:

"A key factor in my decision to come to Rwanda a year ago was the potential that I saw to develop the Rwanda National team. In the last 12 months we have already begun to demonstrate what is possible. That journey is however only beginning and so I'm delighted to be able to have agreed a new two-year deal."

"A key part of me being persuaded to accept a new contract was that FERWAFA, the Ministry of Sport, and the Government more generally, were willing to agree to support my vision for the key steps that are required to allow the Amavubi to progress to the next stage of their development."

"Their confidence in my vision for what can be achieved is not only shown in the fact that we have agreed a two-year deal, but that they have been willing to agree to a comprehensive development programme - including training camps and match-time for players; and additional technical support comprising technical analysis and specialist fitness coaching."

"This commitment, combined with the overwhelming support we have seen from Amavubi fans in recent games, will provide our young squad of players with the best chance to further develop their potential."

"Progress however is never easy. In competitive games we will be tasked with overcoming opponents who traditionally rank much higher than us.   In friendly games, as with my first year in charge, we will choose to face difficult opponents and test new approaches, as it is only by challenging ourselves at every opportunity that we will be able to move to the next level."

"The coming two years have the potential to be a very exciting period for football in Rwanda."


 

Amavubi - Highlights 

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[Rwanda v Mozambique, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 04 June 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda v Mozambique, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 04 June 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda v Mozambique, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 04 June 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda v Mozambique, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 04 June 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda v Mozambique, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 04 June 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda v Mozambique, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 04 June 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda v Mozambique, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 04 June 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda v Mozambique, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 04 June 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Jean-Baptiste MUGIRANEZA celebrates making it 5-0 for Rwanda [Rwanda v Mauritius, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 29 March 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Moments after having a goal disallowed, Jean-Baptiste MUGIRANEZA strikes again from close range [Rwanda v Mauritius, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 29 March 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Fitina OMBORENGA moves on to a superb cross from Emery BAYISENGE and heads towards goal  [Rwanda v Mauritius, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 29 March 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Haruna NIYONZIMA [Rwanda v Mauritius, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 29 March 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Abouba SIBOMANA [Rwanda v Mauritius, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 29 March 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Rwanda fans at half time [Rwanda v Mauritius, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 29 March 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Rwanda Players in the dressing room at half time [Rwanda v Mauritius, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 29 March 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Ernest SUGIRA celebrates putting Rwanda 3-0 ahead.  [Rwanda v Mauritius, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 29 March 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Ernest SUGIRA steps round the keeper to put Rwanda 3-0 ahead.  [Rwanda v Mauritius, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 29 March 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Ernest SUGIRA celebrates putting Rwanda 2-0 ahead. [Rwanda v Mauritius, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 29 March 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Dominique Savio NSHUTI [Rwanda v Mauritius, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 29 March 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Rwanda Team [Rwanda v Mauritius, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 29 March 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Coach McKinstry primes players before Kick off.[Rwanda v Mauritius, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 29 March 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Training Camp ahead of Rwanda v Mauritius, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 27 March 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Mauritius V Rwanda, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 26 March 2016 in Mauritius.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Mauritius V Rwanda, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 26 March 2016 in Mauritius.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Mauritius V Rwanda, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 26 March 2016 in Mauritius.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Mauritius V Rwanda, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 26 March 2016 in Mauritius.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Mauritius V Rwanda, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 26 March 2016 in Mauritius.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Mauritius V Rwanda, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 26 March 2016 in Mauritius.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Mauritius V Rwanda, AFCON 2017 Qualifier, 26 March 2016 in Mauritius.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda V DR Congo, Quarter Finals - CHAN, Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda V DR Congo, Quarter Finals - CHAN, Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda V DR Congo, Quarter Finals - CHAN, Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda V DR Congo, Quarter Finals - CHAN, Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda V DR Congo, Quarter Finals - CHAN, Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda V DR Congo, Quarter Finals - CHAN, Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda V DR Congo, Quarter Finals - CHAN, Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda V DR Congo, Quarter Finals - CHAN, Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda V DR Congo, Quarter Finals - CHAN, Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Morocco, CHAN - Group A, 24 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Morocco, CHAN - Group A, 24 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Morocco, CHAN - Group A, 24 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Morocco, CHAN - Group A, 24 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Morocco, CHAN - Group A, 24 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Morocco, CHAN - Group A, 24 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Morocco, CHAN - Group A, 24 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Morocco, CHAN - Group A, 24 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Morocco, CHAN - Group A, 24 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Morocco, CHAN - Group A, 24 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Morocco, CHAN - Group A, 24 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Gabon, CHAN - Group A, 20 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Gabon, CHAN - Group A, 20 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Gabon, CHAN - Group A, 20 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Gabon, CHAN - Group A, 20 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
The Amavubi celebrate Ernest Sugira's second goal [Rwanda vs Gabon, CHAN - Group A, 20 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Ernest Sugira takes the shot that will score his second for Rwanda [Rwanda vs Gabon, CHAN - Group A, 20 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Ernest Sugira celebrates scoring the opener for Rwanda [Rwanda vs Gabon, CHAN - Group A, 20 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Gabon, CHAN - Group A, 20 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Gabon, CHAN - Group A, 20 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Starting Team [Rwanda vs Gabon, CHAN - Group A, 20 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Ivory Coast, CHAN - Group A, 16 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Ivory Coast, CHAN - Group A, 16 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Ivory Coast, CHAN - Group A, 16 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Ivory Coast, CHAN - Group A, 16 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Ivory Coast, CHAN - Group A, 16 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Ivory Coast, CHAN - Group A, 16 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Ivory Coast, CHAN - Group A, 16 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Ivory Coast, CHAN - Group A, 16 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Ivory Coast, CHAN - Group A, 16 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Ivory Coast, CHAN - Group A, 16 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Ivory Coast, CHAN - Group A, 16 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Ivory Coast, CHAN - Group A, 16 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Ivory Coast, CHAN - Group A, 16 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Ivory Coast, CHAN - Group A, 16 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Ivory Coast, CHAN - Group A, 16 Jan 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2016, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
The Amavubi with their runner up medals [Rwanda vs Uganda, CECAFA 2015 Final, 5 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Coach McKinstry is congratulated on being named 'Coach of the Tournament' [Rwanda vs Uganda, CECAFA 2015 Final, 5 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Uganda, CECAFA 2015 Final, 5 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Coach McKinstry speaks with the players at half time[Rwanda vs Uganda, CECAFA 2015 Final, 5 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Coach McKinstry speaks with his assistant coaches at half time. [Rwanda vs Uganda, CECAFA 2015 Final, 5 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Uganda, CECAFA 2015 Final, 5 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Uganda, CECAFA 2015 Final, 5 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Uganda, CECAFA 2015 Final, 5 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Amavubi lift Eric  NDAYISHIMIYE (1) in celebration after his penalty shoot-out save  [Rwanda vs Sudan, CECAFA 2015, Semi final, 3 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Coach McKinstry congratulates Djihad BIZIMANA (4) for hos goal after the penalty shoot-out  [Rwanda vs Sudan, CECAFA 2015, Semi final, 3 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Ernest SUGIRA (16) celebrate his penalty that put the Amavubi into the final of CECAFA 2015 [Rwanda vs Sudan, CECAFA 2015, Semi final, 3 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Rwanda celebrate having beaten Sudan to move on to the CECAFA 2015 finals.[Rwanda vs Sudan, CECAFA 2015, Semi final, 3 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Coach McKinstry & the Amavubi take a moment together before the penalty shoot-out [Rwanda vs Sudan, CECAFA 2015, Semi final, 3 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Ernest SUGIRA (16) celebrates  Jean-Baptiste MUGIRANEZA's (7)equaliser [Rwanda vs Sudan, CECAFA 2015, Semi final, 3 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Jean-Baptiste MUGIRANEZA  (7) equalises for Rwanda in extra time[Rwanda vs Sudan, CECAFA 2015, Semi final, 3 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Sudan, CECAFA 2015, Semi final, 3 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Sudan, CECAFA 2015, Semi final, 3 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Sudan, CECAFA 2015, Semi final, 3 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Sudan, CECAFA 2015, Semi final, 3 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
JacquesTUYISENGE (9) [Rwanda vs Sudan, CECAFA 2015, Semi final, 3 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda vs Sudan, CECAFA 2015, Semi final, 3 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Coach McKinstry [Rwanda vs Sudan, CECAFA 2015, Semi final, 3 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Coach McKinstry [Rwanda vs Sudan, CECAFA 2015, Semi final, 3 Dec 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 17 Nov 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 17 Nov 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Coach McKinstry [Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 17 Nov 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 17 Nov 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 17 Nov 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Coach McKinstry  speak with Captain Haruna NIYONZIMA (8) [Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 17 Nov 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 17 Nov 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 17 Nov 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 17 Nov 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 17 Nov 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 17 Nov 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 17 Nov 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 17 Nov 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
Coach McKinstry [Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 17 Nov 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 17 Nov 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015, www.XtraTimeSports.net]
[Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 13 Nov 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]
[Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 13 Nov 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]
Coach McKinstry [Rwanda Vs Libya World Cup 2018 Qualifier, 13 Nov 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]
Jacques Tuyisenge (9) [Rwanda Vs Ghana AFCON2017 Qualifier, 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015
Jacques TUYISENGE (9) rises for the cross from the corenr kick [Rwanda Vs Ghana AFCON2017 Qualifier, 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015
Quentin RUSHENGUZIMINEGA (10) pursued by Affriyea Acqua (6) [Rwanda Vs Ghana AFCON2017 Qualifier, 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015
Quentin Rushenguziminega (10) [Rwanda Vs Ghana AFCON2017 Qualifier, 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015
Amavubi fans [Rwanda Vs Ghana AFCON2017 Qualifier, 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]
Jacques TUYISENGE (9) moves past Wakaso Mubarak (11) [Rwanda Vs Ghana AFCON2017 Qualifier, 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015
Amavubi fans give a rapturous welcome before the game [Rwanda Vs Ghana AFCON2017 Qualifier, 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]
Amavubi Match Team [Rwanda Vs Ghana AFCON2017 Qualifier, 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]
Coach McKinstry, Technical team and Subs during National Anthem. [Rwanda Vs Ghana AFCON2017 Qualifier, 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]
Quentin Rushenguziminega (10) bonds with team mates prior to kick off.  [Rwanda Vs Ghana AFCON2017 Qualifier, 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]
Prior to the game, Coach McKinstry reminds Yannick Mukunzi of his expected role [Rwanda Vs Ghana AFCON2017 Qualifier, 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]
Coach McKinstry speaks with players at the conclusion of training [Rwanda Training Camp before AFCON2017 Qualifier Vs Ghana on 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]
Coach McKinstry speaks with players during training [Rwanda Training Camp before AFCON2017 Qualifier Vs Ghana on 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]
Squad Picture [Rwanda Training Camp before AFCON2017 Qualifier Vs Ghana on 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]
Coach McKinstry speaks with players during training  [Rwanda Training Camp before AFCON2017 Qualifier Vs Ghana on 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]
Coach McKinstry during training  [Rwanda Training Camp before AFCON2017 Qualifier Vs Ghana on 5 Sep 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Photo © Darren McKinstry 2015]
Coach McKinstry thanks the crowd following a 1-0 victory over Mozambique in opening AFCON2017 Qualifier. [Rwanda Amavubi v Mozambique 14 June 2015 (Pic © Darren McKinstry / www.johnnymckinstry.com)]
[Rwanda Amavubi v Mozambique 14 June 2015 (Pic © Darren McKinstry / www.johnnymckinstry.com)]
Coach McKinstry is mobbed by Mozambique press after defeating Mozambique 1-0  in opening AFCON2017 Qualifier. [Rwanda Amavubi v Mozambique 14 June 2015 (Pic © Darren McKinstry / www.johnnymckinstry.com)]
Coach McKinstry - half time team talk [Rwanda Amavubi v Mozambique 14 June 2015 (Pic © Darren McKinstry / www.johnnymckinstry.com)]
Full Time: Rwanda Amavubi Fans celebrate a 1-0 victory over Mozambique in opening AFCON2017 Qualifier. [Rwanda Amavubi v Mozambique 14 June 2015 (Pic © Darren McKinstry / www.johnnymckinstry.com)]
Full Time: Rwanda Amavubi celebrate a 1-0 victory over Mozambique in opening AFCON2017 Qualifier. [Rwanda Amavubi v Mozambique 14 June 2015 (Pic © Darren McKinstry / www.johnnymckinstry.com)]
Full Time: Coach McKinstry and Rwanda Amavubi celebrate a 1-0 victory over Mozambique in opening AFCON2017 Qualifier. [Rwanda Amavubi v Mozambique 14 June 2015 (Pic © Darren McKinstry / www.johnnymckinstry.com)]
[Rwanda Amavubi v Mozambique 14 June 2015 (Pic © Darren McKinstry / www.johnnymckinstry.com)]
[Rwanda Amavubi v Mozambique 14 June 2015 (Pic © Darren McKinstry / www.johnnymckinstry.com)]
Amavubi in final training session before game - 13 June 2015  [Training camp ahead of Rwanda Amavubi v Mozambique on 14 June 2015 (Pic © Darren McKinstry / www.johnnymckinstry.com)]
Rwanda Amavubi in final training - 13 June 2015  [Training camp ahead of Rwanda Amavubi v Mozambique on 14 June 2015 (Pic © Darren McKinstry / www.johnnymckinstry.com)]
Training Squad - 13 June 2015  [Training camp ahead of Rwanda Amavubi v Mozambique on 14 June 2015 (Pic © Darren McKinstry / www.johnnymckinstry.com)]
L-R: Olivier Kwizera (Goalkeeper);  Yannick Mukunzi; Haruna Niyonzima (Captain) - modelling the new Rwanda Amavubi Kit by AMS  [new goalkeeping; away and home kits by AMS are pictured at training camp ahead of Rwanda Amavubi v Mozambique, 13 June 2015  (Pic © Darren McKinstry / www.johnnymckinstry.com)]


 

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About Coach McKinstry

Johnny McKinstry is a UEFA Pro Licensed Football Coach.  He was International Manager and Head Coach of the Rwanda National Football Team from March 2015 - August 2016.  Within just 17 months he led Rwanda to a number of highs - including their first ever appearance in the knockout stages of a major international tournament (Quarter-finals of CHAN, Jan 2016) and finished runner-up in CECAFA (Dec 2105), being named 'Coach of the Tournament' for his efforts.  

He was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men's Football team from April 2013 - September 2014.   Within just over a year, he had led Sierra Leone to their highest ever FIFA World and African rankings - 7th in Africa and 50th in the World (August 2014).  From Jan 2010 - Dec 2014 he set up and developed the Craig Bellamy Elite Soccer Academy in Sierra Leone - placing elite young players in Europe, Asia and North America. He is a European (UEFA), American (NSCAA) and university qualified football coach.

 

 

 

Quotes: What the media say

  • McKinstry has become one of the most rounded and well-travelled British coaches at the highest level abroad.

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  • McKinstry has a voracious appetite for football and for learning, he lives and breathes it and his sense of adventure means predicting his next move is not easy.

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    Ben Smith BBC Sport
  • Johnny McKinstry is one of the most intelligent, level-headed and knowledgeable managers in the game today. Few can match his achievements by the age of 30, and fewer still the success he has enjoyed in the game.

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