McKinstry, 34, replaces Frenchman Sebastien Desabre who resigned after the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt last July.
He was officially unveiled by FUFA CEO Edgar Watson who was flanked by the acting FUFA President Justus Mugisha and Communications Director, Ahmed Hussein.The young tactician was the successful choice from the 137 coaches that applied for the job.The final three-man shortlist that had McKinstry, Hugo Broos and Luc Eymael was generated by a panel of experts that included African legend Kalusha Bwalya, FUFA CEO Edgar Watson, Stone Kyambadde,
He has been previous as head coach at Bangladesh entity Saif Sporting Club having previously handled the Sierra Leone and Rwanda national teams.
McKinstry’s immediate task at hand will be to handle the return leg of the CHAN 2020 qualifier as Uganda Cranes host Burundi in Kampala.
Uganda triumphed 3-0 during the opening leg played a fortnight ago in Bujumbura.
The former Rwandan national team coach said he was honored to have been appointed the new Cranes coach.
“There is no doubt that the Cranes job is one of the best in international football across Africa. I am excited to be here. The players here are the group I believe we can achieve a lot with,”McKnistry said after being unveiled.
‘We need to improve players and the team. We need to go to the World Cup as well. We are hungry for success.''
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