Rwanda football federation, Ferwafa has appointed English Lee Johnson, the new Technical Director.
According to Ferwafa, Johnson who was picked from a handful of applicants following his vast experience in youth football has been offered a two-year contract.
He was unveiled the head coach on Wednesday at Ferwafa headquarters in Remera. He said that his main objective is youth development, coach education and grassroots development.
“I would like to bring the experience I have gained from England where I worked for Crystal Palace and Chelsea and implement some of the structures and procedures in order to develop Rwandan football,”
“We need to provide these young players with games to help them have the experience of playing in many situations. My long term goal is to build an infrastructure that supports youth development that will support the U17, U20 and the senior team,”
“It is also important that we educate our coaches correctly, give them the knowledge that they need such that they can pass it to the children at the clubs, schools and training centers and hopefully we will start picking better players and have a big pool of players to choose from to represent our national teams,”
Johnson has a big task at hand next week as he will guide the National U-17 team in the second leg against Uganda in the 2015 Africa Nations Cup qualifier scheduled for August 2, 2014 in Kigali.
AloysKanamugire will continue to be his assistant coach both on the national team and in all the activities of the Technical Directorate. The team resumes camp on Thursday.
Johnson, who has replaced French Richard tardy, started playing at an early age and signed for Millwall FC as schoolboy and was released 16 years old. Lee then joined EbbsfleetUtd and played for a number of semi-professional teams before retiring at 23 due to injury.
He has over 14 years of professional coaching and sports lecturing experience. Lee’s coaching qualifications include the UEFA ‘A’ and UEFA ‘B; Coaching Licence, the FA Youth Coaching Modules and FA Learning Tutors Award.
Lee has coached Crystal Palace FC and Chelsea FC respectively and worked for The Football Association as a FA Learning Tutor.
He replaces French Richard Tardy whose reign in Rwanda ended in June this year.