Johnny McKinstry targets permanent Sierra Leone job

By Mohamed Fajah BarrieBBC Sport, Freetown
Johnny McKinstry
Johnny McKinstry

Johnny McKinstry is hopeful he will be appointed Sierra Leone coach on a permanent basis after holding positive talks with the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) and the country's Sports Ministry.

McKinstry was placed in interim charge of the Leone Stars in April, overseeing the team for three World Cup qualifiers.

But the position has been vacant since the Irishman oversaw the last of those - a 3-2 win over Equatorial Guinea in September - and Sierra Leone failed to progress beyond the group stage.

McKinstry's record of one win, a 2-2 draw with Tunisia and a 1-0 defeat by Cape Verde may be enough to secure him the post - he was told he would get the job if he performed well.

The 28-year old has been placed in charge of the Leone Stars home-based side currently in Accra to compete in a eight-team West African Football Union (Wafu) tournament due to commence on Thursday.

McKinstry told BBC Sport: "I have had conversations with both the Sports ministry and the SLFA and I'm pleased with our discussions.

"We hope to finalise things and hopefully sign a contract after we return from Ghana and before I travel for the Christmas holiday.

"Hopefully my task will be to guide Leone Stars to the 2015 Nations Cup in Morocco."

SLFA president Isha Johansen told BBC Sport that she was pleased with McKinstry's work despite the Leone Stars' failure to make it to next year's World Cup in Brazil.

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