Uganda And The Africa Cup Of Nations
It’s been a big year for Football in Uganda. The sport has enjoyed a huge following in the country for as long as memory serves but Uganda has been 39 years in the waiting for a chance to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations. And this year, it’s finally happening.
The Africa Cup of Nations showcases the talents of the top 16 teams in the Eastern and Central regions of Africa and this year Uganda was selected to be among the cream of the Football crop in Africa.
Uganda also made it to the group stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, another masterful feat for the previously struggling squad. Uganda ended up finishing second behind Egypt, who had managed to qualify. Not first prize by any means, but certainly a clear indication of just how far Uganda had come.
Edgar Watson, Chief Executive Officer of the Ugandan Football Association, has put it down to a great deal of effort and a lot of hard work on the part of the federation. Government had recently become involved by sponsoring some of the country’s friendlies. Friendlies go a long way towards affording the necessary international exposure to players who ultimately hope to compete on a global and truly professional level. No team has ever made so much as a dent in the world of professional sports without the necessary prior exposure.
Uganda is also expected to make a couple of changes in the ranks of its training management and will in all probability appoint a new coach ahead of the Africa Nations Championship, which is scheduled to take place in Morocco.
Time For A Change
Minister of State for Sports in Uganda, Charles Bakkabulindi, confirmed that he had received four names from the FA, of which one must be selected as national coach. This after a process had been followed whereby a total of 90 applicant coaches had been screened.
The final four are Desabrie Sabastian, originally from France, Emilio Ferrera from Belgium, John Mckinstry and Uganda’s own Moses Basena. Basena is currently standing in as temporary coach for the team.
Bakkabulindi revealed that government had been involved in the selection process this year as they were expected to play a role in the payment of remuneration for the coach elect. The previous national coach was forced to ultimately resign as a result of the FA’s failure to pay his salary in full and on time.
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