Gor Mahia Appoints McKinstry As Their New Head Coach

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier confirmed the appointment of the former Uganda, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone national team coach, saying the club is delighted to have him.

Gor Mahia have appointed Irish coach Jonathan McKinstry as their new head coach, succeeding German tactician Andres Spiers, who left the club earlier this month.


Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier confirmed the appointment of the former Uganda, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone national team coach, saying the club is delighted to have him.

“We are happy to have a new head coach in Jonathan McKinstry… this a well travelled coach with experience in Uganda, Rwanda and Siera Leon. We have offered him a two-year deal and we wish him all the best while at our club Gor Mahia.

“We welcome him with a lot of enthusiasm and hope he will help us and bring more success,” stated chairman Rachier.

McKinstry is well-versed in the East African region, having previously managed the national football teams of Uganda between 2019 and 2021, as well as Rwanda in 2015, when he led the Amavubi to a famous victory over Mozambique.

The new tactician is pleased to be at Gor Mahia and hopes to help the club return to the top of the table as a short-term goal while working on long-term plans.

“I am pleased to be here… Gor Mahia is one of the most storied clubs and my short term target target is to help the club go back to the top of the table. The last two years have been no doubt a disappointment for all the supporters and stakeholders and my number one priority is to improve the players we have, improve their performance on the field and I believe if we do that we will be back to the top,” noted coach McKinstry.  

Apart from the three national teams, McKinstry, 37, has also coached at Saif SC in Bangladesh and Kauno Zalgiris in Lithuania, and he feels no pressure as Gor Mahia’s head coach.

“There is always pressure when you go to a new club because everyone thinks you should be winning and that is no different whether you are in a small or big team and here at Gor Mahia, it’s about the rich history and supporters have a right to expect we continue working up, for me, it’s no different,” he added. 

Gor Mahia recently signed a three-year partnership agreement with Betafriqe, a new gaming firm, and club boss Rachier says the funds will help the club meet its operating costs.

McKinstry will have to work with the current Gor Mahia squad without any new signings as the club is serving a Fifa transfer ban, with the new season set to begin next month amid controversies over who will manage the league as it commences on August 27.

McKinstry will be on the touchline when the club takes on hosts Mombasa Combined in a pre-season friendly at the newly built Ronald Ngala sports grounds at the Coast on Sunday.