Former Sierra Leone coach Johnny Mckinstry 29 is set to depart Craig Bellamy’s football academy in Sierra Leone this month.
The Northern Irish International told Football Sierra Leone UK that there are no plans to close the academy, as Craig has highlighted, but calling for other parties, both businesses and individuals to come on board to help their project.
However, he confirmed his departure to pursue new opportunities.
Mckinstry said, “In June this year I informed the board that I would not be seeking to extend my contract upon its completion in December 2014 bringing an end to my five years as Academy Manager in Sierra Leone.
“My situation has thus been known to the organisation for 6 months, and plans are on-going to add new staff to CBF following my departure to compliment to 10 members of Academy staff we have on-site at CBF presently.
“The reason for my departure is to pursue new opportunities, with a number of offers currently being considered in Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA. I will however remain connected to CBF supporting their on-going work, providing any advice that is requested and helping to secure opportunities for students around the world.” He explained.
Mckinstry went further “There are no plans to close the Academy. As Craig has highlighted.
“The Academy will continue to function as normal under various precautions against Ebola, and will continue to do so.
“Craig is committed to the long-term welfare of all our students, but it is important that he is given support from others to enable us to offer similar opportunities to more children moving forward.
“In terms of the future, we are currently at an advanced stage of finalising US scholarships for two students for 2015, are arranging professional trials for a number of our first generation, and have just this week registered 12 of our students to sit their international GCSEs in May 2015 at CBF.
“We need the support of parties both inside and outside of Sierra Leone to supplement the support Craig has given for in excess of 5 years.”
Meanwhile, contradicting reports reaching this medium stating that the former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy is fear that the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone could force him to close the investment of over £1million.
Despite the twenty-nine young kids between the age of 12 and 16 are in the academy.
“The honest truth if we close down, I don’t know when we will be able to reopen,” Bellamy said.
By Alie Bittar