Sierra Leone have named Johnny McKinstry as caretaker coach following the resignation of Lars Olof Mattsson.

Mattsson quit last month with Northern Irishman McKinstry drafted in to lead the team for their remaining 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazi qualifiers against Tunisia, Cape Verde and Equatorial Guinea.

McKinstry has never coached a professional team in Africa before but has been working in Sierra Leone for the Craig Bellamy Foundation in Freetown.

The acting director of sports in the sports ministry Alphan Coker told the BBC: "We decided to appoint McKinstry because he has a good CV and understands Sierra Leone football as he's been in the country for a while now. We believe he's a good choice."

McKinstry has also worked on youth projects for Newcastle in the Premier League and Major League Soccer outfit the New York Red Bulls.