Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has confirmed the appointment of Johnathan McKinstry as the Uganda National Team A (Uganda Cranes) head coach for a period of three years, effective 1st October 2019.
The appointment was confirmed to the media on Monday, 30th September 2019 during a special press conference held at the FUFA Headquarters in Mengo, Kampala.
Acting FUFA President Justus Mugisha, CEO Edgar Watson, Executive Committee members Ronnie Kalema and Rogers Byamukama and the Communications Director Ahmed Hussein graced this special press conference.
Watson took the media through the entire procedure of recruiting the coach and wished him fruitful deliberations.
“As you may be aware, the entire technical team for Uganda Cranes was disbanded after the TOTAL AFCON 2019 finals in Egypt and a new process to recruit new members was put in place. We appointed a panel to recruit the new head coach and this had a Government official, Dr Bernard Patrick Ogwel, coaches’ representative Stone Kyambadde, FUFA CEO and African football expert, Kalusha Bwalya. FUFA received a total 137 applicants between the period (27th July to 17th August 2019). The panel selected the final three man short list and the FUFA Executive Meeting that convened on 27th September 2019 confirmed Jonathan McKinstry as the coach,” Edgar Watson, CEO of FUFA.
“In line with FUFA’s mission of being the number one football nation in Africa on and off the field, we thought of McKinstry. We also looked at the potential of the coach, one who could fit in the Ugandan style of play. And we needed a resident coach,” Watson on coach McKinstry.
Acting FUFA President Justus Mugisha hailed the panel of experts who helped in the selection procedure of the new coach.
“As the FUFA Executive, it was easy for us to make a final decision on the choice of coach needed after the panel did a commendable job to sieve the 137 applications received. I therefore thank the committee set up to select the coach,” Mugisha lauded.
“There is no doubt that the Uganda Cranes job is one of the best jobs in international football across all over Africa. I am excited to be here. The players here are the group I believe we can achieve a lot with. They are full of positive energy and burning passion. We shall work towards qualification to the FIFA World Cup,” Coach McKinstry stated as he freely interacted with the media.
In the meantime, the backroom staff will constitute of all the coaches that have been on the interim technical team currently handling the national team.
Moments after McKinstry was officially unveiled and handed a branded Uganda Cranes jersey and ball, he was introduced to the members of the National Council of Sports (NCS).