Sierra Leone National Team

Head Coach Johnny McKinstry speaks with the Team [Leone Stars Training Camp in advance of Tunisia Game, June 2013 (Pic: Darren McKinstry)]

Coach McKinstry and the Leone Stars have begun a one week training camp to prepare for their World Cup qualifier this weekend (8 June 2013) against Tunisia.

 

Leone Stars Head Coach Johnny McKinstry [Leone Stars Training Camp in advance of Tunisia Game, June 2013 (Pic: Darren McKinstry)]The game is the first in charge for Coach McKinstry who was appointed in April 2013. He has named a 24-man squad, which includes some new faces alongside established regulars.

Coach McKinsty commented "My staff and I are looking forward to the game this coming saturday after what has been a good week on the training ground with the players.  Naturally there has been a bit of ‘getting to know you’ for the staff, as well as the players, but I am pleased at how things have gone.  The team have had a very positive work ethic and are training well.  Team discipline and morale is good...."

 

"Over the last number of days we have been working on a number of things in training with the players - some of it new, and they have taken to our approach very well, and I think that will stand us in good stead come Saturday."  

 

George 'kweku' Davis [Leone Stars Training Camp in advance of Tunisia Game, June 2013 (Pic: Darren McKinstry)]"We have also added a few new faces to the group, many of whom I know will give the supporters something extra to get excited about come kick off this weekend.  Make no doubt about it, this is a big game for both ourselves and Tunisia and I am looking forward to seeing the fans out in support.  We will be going all out for the 3 points, and I am certain that come full-time that the supporters will have seen a performance befitting Sierra Leone."

 

 

 

 

Preparation Highlights

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Notes to Editors

  1. The game is a World Cup 2013 Qualifier against Tunisia on 8 June 2013
  2. The game is the first in charge for Coach McKinstry who was appointed in April 2013.
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About Coach McKinstry

Coach McKinstry is a UEFA Pro Licensed Football Coach, with a number of successes across his 20+ year career to date.    He is currently Head Coach of Gor Mahia FC in Kenya

As Head Coach of the Uganda National Team, the 'Uganda Cranes' (2019 - 2021) he led Uganda to win CECAFA 2019 and over his tenure delivered a WIN from 2 in every 3 games, going undefeated in over 8 in every 10 games played.  This represented the highest 'win' and 'undefeated' rate achieved by a Uganda National Team Coach in over 15 years.

He was International Manager and Head Coach of the Rwanda National Football Team (2015-16). 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. 

Across 2013-14, he was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men's Football team. 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). 

He has also been Head Coach of Saif Sporting Club, Bangladesh Premier League (2018-19); and FK Kauno Zalgiris, Lithuanian A-Lyga (2017-18).  He is a European (UEFA), American (NSCAA) and university qualified football coach. 

Coach McKinstry is a member of 'Common Goal'. Together members seek to support high-impact organisations that harness the power of football to advance the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Quotes: What the media say

  • There is an almost missionary zeal to Johnny McKinstry's devotion to his job.

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    Daily Mirror
  • McKinstry led the team to their highest ever placing in the FIFA world rankings. They broke into the top 50, ahead of his native Northern Ireland.

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    Damien Edgar Backpage Football
  • McKinstry has experienced much more than the average coach his age. His career has gone from strength to strength, starting in Northern Ireland and England, then via America to West Africa eventually.

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    Damien Edgar Backpage Football
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