Former Sierra Leone national team, Leone Stars; head coach Johnny McKinstry has been named Rwanda’s national football team boss replacing Stephen Constantine, who resigned this past January.
The 29-year-old tactician announced his appointment on his twitter page on Friday afternoon that saying: “I am delighted to confirm that I have accepted @rwanda_fa’s (Rwanda Football Association twitter handle) offer to become head coach of the Rwanda national team.”
And on his reaction, McKinstry posted on his official johnnymckinstry.com: “I am very pleased to be able to accept the offer made by FERWAFA to become the new coach of the Rwandan national team. Since my time with Sierra Leone I have been seeking an opportunity that would, with my input, have potential for tangible and sustained success. In Rwanda I believe I have found that opportunity, and am pleased to have been tasked with the responsibility of guiding the Amavubi forward into CHAN 2016, which will be hosted in Rwanda, as well as in pursuit of qualification for AFCON 2017 and the 2018 World Cup in Russia."
He also stated: “"I can assure the thousands of Amavubi supporters who fill the stands for every game and those further afield, that the players, technical staff and myself will give everything within our power to bring you success. We will work tirelessly to develop the Amavubi into a major force within African football, playing a distinctive, attacking brand of football that in time will become synonymous with Rwandan football."
McKinstry will also prepare the U-23 national side that will take on Somalia in the Rio 2016 Olympic qualifier next month as well as the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers that starts in October.