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Cranes’ job applicant watches KCCA victory over African Stars

Irishman Jonathan McKinstry arriving at Lugogo for the KCCA FC vs African Stars game on Friday August 23rd, 2019 / Amina Babirye Images

As KCCA FC knocked African Stars out of the 2019/2020 Total Africa Champions League on Friday evening, people from different walks of life were present.

From politicians to coaches, former players and administrators, but there were two unfamiliar figures in Ugandan football circles.

Former head coach of Rwanda Jonathan McKinstry was a rare guest, this website can confirm that he is also one of the applicants for the vacant Uganda Cranes job.

Jonathan McKinstry (L) and Ibrahim Mugisha (R) during their days as coaches of Amavubi Stars / Daily Monitor Photo

Although he declined to even engage in conversations with those around him, the presence of McKinstry at Lugogo is not one that wouldn’t go unnoticed.

“An enjoyable few days in Uganda meeting with Players and scouting for new talents wrapped up today with an intriguing encounter between KCCA and African Stars in the @CAF_Online #ChampionsLeague. Next stop Tanzania with more meetings and observations to come,” McKinstry posted on his official twitter handle

McKinstry is reportedly the man to replace Sebatien Desabre  who resigned in June after Uganda was knocked out of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations.

Former Cranes international Ibrahim Mugisha, who has worked for APR in Rwanda for close to eight years and the Amavubi Stars is also reportedly set to replace Fred Kajoba as the goalkeeping coach.

Incase of any development along those lines the duo is likely to be part of the Cranes international friendly against Kenya on September 8th in Nairobi.

McKinstry, a Northern Irish UEFA Pro licensed football manager is the current head coach of Bangladesh Football Premier League team Saif SC. 

Jonathan McKinstry arriving at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo on Friday for the KCCA FC vesus African Stars coach / Aminah Babirye Images

Previously McKinstry managed the Rwanda national team, the Sierra Leone national team, and Kauno Žalgiris in the A Lyga. 

Whilst in charge of Sierra Leone, McKinstry was the youngest international manager in the world at 27 years old.

He has coached in Northern Ireland, England, USA, Ghana and Lithuania, his early career was focused on elite youth development through roles with Newcastle United, New York Red Bulls, the Right to Dream Academy and the Craig Bellamy Foundation.

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