Johnny McKinstry cut a happy and optimistic figure as he clad in a grey suit, shook hands with FUFA CEO Edgar Watson, and communications head Ahmed Hussein on arrival at Mengo.
The only times he occasionally allowed a smile to take a break from his boyish look he was listening intently to a question being asked at his unveiling press conference yesterday.
This was a happy man. This is a happy man. After a long held dream of a man who has risen through the ranks rather steadily fast, the Uganda Cranes coaching job was it.
“First of all,” started the 34-year-old Northern Irishman, “I’m very honored and privileged that FUFA made me the offer to come and manage the Cranes team.
“The Uganda Cranes national team is one of the very best in Africa in terms of the team progressing and FUFA’s vision, and I’m honored and excited for weeks and months ahead.” he added.
“For me,” he added, “Yes I’d love to coach at the Nations Cup but it’s been a burning desire to coach at the World Cup and this position (Uganda Cranes job) is where you can achieve a lot.” he added.
“I see Uganda as a great opportunity to do that and that wouldn’t be a great thing only for me and FUFA, but for the whole of Uganda.” he concluded.
We wish all the best to our new young coach.