FUFA CEO Edgar Watson on why Johnathan McKinstry is the right man for Uganda Cranes
FUFA CEO Edgar Watson on why Johnathan McKinstry is the right man for Uganda Cranes
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FUFA CEO Edgar Watson on why Johnathan McKinstry is the right man for Uganda Cranes

​Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) CEO Edgar Watson was part of the panel that sieved through 137 applicants until they got to the final three-man shortlist. 

Watson revealed that the reasons for hiring Johnathan McKinstry as the Uganda national team head coach were due to his age bracket and be able to adapt to the playing style of the Ugandan players. 

McKinstry beat 136 other applicants to the job that he begins on October 1, 2019 and the contract is set to expire in 2022.

Watson was part of the 5 man panel that sieved the applicants and zeroed to three for the final shortlist.

The others included Ali Mwebe (FUFA Football Development Director), Stone Kyambadde (Uganda Coaches Association), Dr Patrick Bernard Ogwel (Government representative) and Kalusha Bwalya (Africa Football expert).

A UEFA Pro Licence holder, McKinstry replaces Frenchman Sebastien Desabre and joins the long queue of foreign based coaches to have previously led the Uganda Cranes.

McKinstry will work alongside the interim coaches Abdallah Mubiru and Charles Livingstone Mbabaz.

The first task at hand will be to oversee Uganda Cranes’ return leg of the CHAN 2020 Qualifiers against Burundi on October 19 in Kampala.

Six weeks later, he will handle the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations away qualifier against Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou, West Africa.

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