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McKinstry among finalists for the vacant Lesotho head coach job

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

Former Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry is among the eight candidates shortlisted for the vacant Lesotho national team job.

The 36 year old Northern Irish is currently without a job since April last year when he was relieved off his duties as the coach of the Uganda national team.

McKinstry was in charge of Uganda for only 18 months and oversaw 18 games with a winning percentage of 67% but failed to guide the Cranes to a qualification to the 2021 AFCON final tournament.

Despite a promising start of his tenure, McKinstry’s three year contract was terminated by FUFA following Uganda’s disappointing performance during the AFCON qualifiers and the 2021 CHAN tournament.

McKinstry and seven other foreign coaches were interviewed by a five-member panel last week through videoconferencing.

Other candidates include former Harambee Stars French coach Sebastien Migne and Brazilian Marcio Maximo who previously coached Tanzania as well as Young Africans.

Ghanaian Sellas Tetteh who won the U20 World Cup in 2009 with Ghana after beat Brazil in the final in Egypt is also on the list.

Frederick De Meyer (Belgian), Peter Butler (English), Veselin Jelusic (Serbian) and South African Owen Da Gama complete the final list.

A total of 106 coaches applied for the job before the list was reduced to 15 and later to eight.

The Lesotho head coach role has been vacant since June last year after South African Thabo Senong resigned to join PSL side Sekhukhune United.

Leslie Notsi, who was the technical director, has been serving as the team’s coach on a caretaker basis.

Lesotho will take on Seychelles in the preliminary round of the 2023 AFCON qualifiers late next month.

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