Former Sierra Leone head coach, Johnny Mckinstry has said among other things he is confident to prove his class and bring success to Rwanda. The Irish International is the new Amavubi boss after been named by the Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) on Friday replacing Stephen Constantine.
Responding to the announcement Mckinstry speaking on his personal website he said, “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 in African football, playing a distinctive, attacking brand of football that in time will become synonymous with Rwandan football.”
“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 in Sierra Leone, I have been seeking an opportunity that would, with my input, have a 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.”
The 29-year-old is unfazed of the task ahead that includes preparations for the 2016 CHAN, 2017 CAF Nations Cup qualifiers and 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminaries, CECAFA, and other tournaments.
“Rwanda will be hosting the African Nations Championship (Chan) in January 2016, with new stadiums and facilities currently being constructed for what will be the flagship football event in Africa in 2016.
As part of their preparation, the Amavubi Stars will lock horns in an international friendly match against Zambia on March 29 in Lusaka.
“This game could not come at a better time, at the very beginning of my role with Rwanda, as it will allow me to get to know both the current group of players and the existing technical staff immediately. Whilst I will provide a certain level of guidance for this encounter, the short time frame means that it will mainly allow me to observe players and staff, and their preparations and approaches to date, so that following our return to Kigali I can immediately begin my work to build and strengthen the Amavubi ahead of the upcoming qualification games,” he noted.
20 Mar 2015 @ 19:42