Football governing body in the country, FUFA, has on Wednesday appointed Abdallah Mubiru as the new Uganda Cranes coach on an interim basis to help the team ahead of the 2020 CHAN campaign.
This will be a second assignment for Mubiru who was recently in charge of Cranes during the COSAFA Cup in South Africa.
Reflecting on his new role, the Police FC coach who his known for his tik-tak style of play, noted:
“I thank God almighty for the trust FUFA has invested in me. I thank my bosses at Police FC and fellow coaches at Police not forgetting the friends and family and all the people that have contributed to my success.
Mubiru revealed that he will be meeting with the FUFA officials to discuss technical matters for the way forward ahead of CHAN.
“CHAN is now a popular competition that Uganda has qualified to for the last two editions, so we need to continue and also do better than the last times we have been there.
“I look forward to giving more chance to new players and nature new talents.”
Mubiru temporarily replaces Sebastien Desabre who after guiding the Cranes at AFCON in Egypt, joined Pyramids FC. He will be assisted by Livingston Mbabazi, Geoffrey Massa and Sadiq Wassa.
FUFA President Moses Magogo noted that all coaching staff positions for the male national teams (senior and junior) are vacant.
With the debate between local and foreign coaches making rounds on various social media platforms, it remains to be seen if FUFA will permanently appoint a local coach for the Cranes.
Speaking about the matter, Mubiru commented:
“I am 100% sure that many local coaches deserve and can manage the Uganda Cranes job, it’s all about giving them enough trust and support.”
When asked on whether he will apply for the job on a permanent basis, the calm tactician said:
“Everyone wants the best in life but you have to remember everything has its timing, but for now am focusing on the job am given by my bosses at FUFA and as well as Ugandans to give my best with my technical team, but if time comes I will look at it.”