McKinstry embraces Gor Mahia challenge

McKinstry embraces Gor Mahia challenge
Jonathan McKinstry

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Aug 07, 2022. 11:00

Johnathan McKinstry says he is embracing the challenge of managing Kenyan heavyweights Gor Mahia.

The 37-year-old Northern Irishman was unveiled as K’Ogalo’s new manager late last month, signing a two-year contract to replace German Andreas Spier, who left at the end of last season.

McKinstry is best known for his time at the helm of the Sierra Leone, Uganda and Rwanda senior men’s national teams.

“There is always pressure when you go into a new environment because everyone thinks they should be winning. That’s no different whether you are a big or small team,” McKinstry said of his new role, as quoted by The Star.

“Gor has a rich history, filled with trophies and big players and big names and the supporters have a right to expect us to continue with that.”

He added, “For me, that’s not different from other roles I’ve held, including in national teams and I thrive in that.

“I look forward to working with staff, officials and players who thrive under that pressure. I’m just looking forward to the start of the league campaign.”

Gor Mahia finished third in the 2021/22 Kenya Premier League season, behind Tusker FC and Kakamega Homeboyz.

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