After twenty one (21) months since FUFA unveiled French Sebastien Desabre as the new Uganda Cranes head coach on 17th December, 2017 replacing Serbian Multin Micho Sredojevic, the federation is set to unveil a new Cranes coach this Monday morning to replace Desabre who quit in early July for Egypt’s Pyramids FC after the 2019 Afcon finals in Egypt where he guided Uganda to the knockout stage for the first time since 1978.
Abdullah Mubiru has been the interim head coach but his last game in the capacity could have come with the 3-0 win over West Nile Select on Saturday in Adjumani during the Cranes regional tour games sponsored by Nile Special and Airtel-Uganda.
Like Mubiru, Moses Basena also had a splendid interim stint before Desabe’s arrival. FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, during the 95th FUFA ordinarily assembly in Adjumani, confirmed that the federation had finalized with the new coach and is set to be announced soon. The coach to be unveiled will not be a local coach.
“We received 67 applications for the Cranes head coach job but no Ugandan applied. We had local and international experts to help and we believe that just we have always done, we got the best choice to take us far,” revealed Magogo, who confirmed that a number of local coaches applied for the assistant coach role.
FUFA disbanded the whole Cranes technical team after the 2019 AFCON finals with Matia Lule and Fred Kajoba also losing their assistant and goal keepers coach jobs respectively.
According to Football256, former Rwanda Coach Jonathan McKinstry is the likely next Cranes head coach to be unveiled.
The former Amavubi Stars head coach is currently the head coach at Saif FC in Bangladesh –a top tier side he joined last year from Luthuania outfit FK Kauno Zalgris. Afcon winning coach with Cameroon Hugo Broos and Belgian Luc Eymel were also favorites to take up the job.
McKinstry is a 34-year old Uefa Pro certified coach and has previously coached Sierra Leone (2013-14) before moving to Rwanda which he guided to the quarter finals of the CHAN 2016 finals. Abdullah Mubiru is likely the next assistant head coach while former Cranes star Ibrahim Mugisha could be unveiled as the next goal keepers coach. Micho had also just been fired by Rwanda when he was hired as Cranes Head Coach.
Cranes pick maiden win at West Nile Select
Meanwhile, Mbarara City winger Ibrahim Orit, URA FC right back Ashraf Mandela and Vipers SC forward Fahad Bayo netted the goals as Uganda Cranes picked first ever win over the West Nile region.
Orit scored on his first calling for the national team for the opener. Mandela added the second before the Bayo’s strike added the icing on the cake as the Cranes triumphed 3-0 at crowded Paridi Stadium in Adjumani on Saturday.
The Cranes are preparing for the return leg of the CHAN 2020 qualifier against Burundi in Kampala this coming month, having won the first leg 3-0 away in Bujumbura. Abdullah Mubiru and the technical team used two different line ups for either halves in a bid to test out the various players on the team.