Interim Fufa president Justus Mugisha unveiling New Cranes head coach, Jonathan Mckinstry| Photo credit: Fufa Media
The Uganda football mother body, Federation of Uganda football Associations (FUFA) has on Monday 30th September unveiled Northern Ireland tactician, Jonathan Mckinstry as the new head coach of football national team the Cranes for next three years.
The 34-year old Irishman is to work with the current interim technical team on a temporary basis until the permanent assistant coach and other technical team members are decided by both head coach and the federation.
The former Rwanda National team coach Jonathan Mckinstry welcomed the opportunity granted to him and he promised to play winning and entertaining football provided the nature of players he will work with.
“This is a great opportunity to work with Uganda National team becauseThere is no doubt that the job is one of the best jobs in international football across all over Africa. Excited to be here. The players here are the group I believe we can achieve a lot with” Jonathan Mckinstry told media in press briefing held at Mengo.
“Football is like cinema fans go to get entertainment and that what I want to give people but winning is important, I can’t promise tiktak football, I will first see the players I have and the style of play they can manage, I believe in attacking football but to win sometimes we will defend because we want to go to world cup” new cranes coach added.
The UEFA Pro license holder will work with Abdallah Mubiru and Livingston Mbabazi until the permanent technical team is named, confirmed Edgar Watson, the Fufa CEO.
Jonathan’s main task is to take back Uganda to the Africa Cup of nations in 2021 in Cameroon with Uganda qualification group having Burkina Faso, Malawi and Seychelles.
But the immediate job is to confirm Uganda’s qualification to 2020 CHAN and will be on touchline as Uganda taking on Burundi in October in the return leg but Uganda, under Mubiru, won 3-0 in Bujumbura.
Mckinstry was the Head Coach of Bangladesh Football Premier League team Saif SC where he threw in his resignation days before switching to Uganda.
The previous nations and clubs he managed include; the national team of Rwanda and Sierra Leone.a
Clubs; coached Lithuania’s Kauno Žalgiris from Lithuania, Saif SC in Bangladesh.
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.