McKinstry joins Kauno Zalgiris

Former Rwanda manager Johnny McKinstry has signed with Lithuanian A-Lyga outfit FK Kauno Zalgiris as their head coach.
FK Kauno Zalgiris have turned to the Northern Irish coach as they intend to improve on their performance in the top division in Lithuania.
The 32-year-old coach will also help the club to identify and develop talent at the club.
McKinstry took time to explain why he joined Zalgiris, adding that their plans appear "appealing to me."
“The opportunity to join a club such as Zalgiris who have ambitious plans for the future is one that was particularly appealing to me.
"The results of Lithuanian clubs in European competitions over recent weeks has demonstrated that the league is on an upwards curve, and as a club we are eager to not only keep pace with our domestic rivals, but to strive forward over the coming years.
"The immediate focus is of course to work tirelessly to ensure the club’s position within A-Lyga beyond the current season. The coming weeks and months will require extensive effort and commitment from all involved. Supporters can be assured that we will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of this objective.
"I have always said that I am drawn towards challenges and the chance to play a leading role in developing not only a competitive first team in Kaunas, but also to influence the development of the club from the bottom up in terms of long term strategy was a challenge that attracted my attention," McKinstry said on his website.
McKinstry will be joined in the coaching crew of Zalgiris by Alex McCarthy who will serve as head of performance at the club.
He has worked as Sierra Leone head coach and then the Rwandan national team between March 2015 and August 2016. McKinstry guided Rwanda to their first appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2016 and led them to the quarterfinals.
Under his tenure, Rwanda also finished runners-up at the Cecafa tournament in 2015.