Uganda Cranes players pose for a pre match team pic ahead of a friendly clash with Kenya. FUFA has opened the search for a new coach for the team
FUFA calls for applications for Uganda Cranes job
By Dan Ngulu | Mon 23 Oct, 2017 13:35

The Federation of Ugandan Football Associations (FUFA) has issued a call for applications to fill up the vacant Uganda Cranes’ head coach’s position which was last occupied by Serbian national Milutin Micho Sredojevic.

Micho left the job on Saturday 29 July and days later joined South African giants Orlando Pirates, with locals Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba named interim managers as the current CECAFA champions sought to qualify for the 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) and 2018 World Cup.

Failed bid

The duo delivered CHAN qualification but failed with the second and FUFA is moving to offer the job with some permanency, opening applications from Monday 23 October with the deadline placed at Sunday 29 October.

Applications made earlier will not count. The federation has called on prospective coaches to take advantage of the seven – day window with the process open to both locals and non – Ugandans.

 ‘The exercise will last 7 days only. Interested persons for the job will send in their applications and CVs to the e-mail starting Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th October 2017. It will be the only contact used for submission of documents for the job’ said Ahmed Hussein, the FUFA Communications manager.

Ssimbwa link

For a while, Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa was linked with the Cranes job even as FUFA allowed Basena and Kajoba guide the team through the qualifiers.

Micho terminated his contract with the national team citing overdue wages in the region of $54,000. In a press conference on Monday 31 July, FUFA president Moses Magogo confirmed the coach's resignation.

The team had an impressive start to the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and seemed like they’d land a first ever showing at the global showpiece after a 1 – 0 win over Egypt in Kampala but all that was undone by a loss in Cairo before drawing with Ghana in Kampala, coupled by Egypt’s win at home over Congo.

Dan Ngulu

Twitter: @danodinga

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