Mckinstry Lands New Coaching Job

The Gambia have appointed former Uganda Cranes tactician Jonathan McKinstry as their new head coach.

The announcement was confirmed through an official online statement by the Gambia Football Federation;

“The Gambia Football Federation wishes to congratulate and welcome our new gaffer Jonathan McKinstry on his appointment as Head Coach of the Scorpions.”

The Northern-Irish football manager has agreed to a two-year deal, and will take over his new role from 1st June, 2024.

Currently, McKinstry is attached to Kenyan Premier League club Gor Mahia, where he has won the last two league titles back to back.

In Africa, besides the Uganda Cranes, the tactician has also previously handled two other national sides; Sierra Leone and Rwanda.

McKinstry comes in three months after coach Tom Saintfiet suddenly resigned in February 2024, following the country’s elimination from the 2023 AFCON, where the Scorpions finished last in Group C, without a point after losing all their group matches.

The newly appointed coach’s immediate task now with The Gambia is to oversee their qualification for the 2025 AFCON tournament in Morocco, and also the 2026 World Cup.



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