Fufa appoints Basena to take charge of Uganda Cranes

By Fred Maingi

Moses Basena has been handed the mantle by the Federation of Uganda
Football Associations (FUFA) to take charge of National soccer team
Uganda Cranes.

According to FUFA President Moses Magogo, Basena will be assisted by
Fred Kajoba.Both will serve their positions on interim basis.

This follows the resignation of Serbian born Milutin ‘Micho”
Sredojevic departure recently where he cited non-payment as the main
reason for terminating his contract.

The coach guided Uganda Cranes to a 5-1 victory over South Sudan few
weeks ago in African Nations Championship qualifiers but instead of
jubilating, promised to call for a separate presser to address the
media on certain issues.

Magogo revealed that they had temporarily promoted the two assistants
and will be in charge of the team against Rwanda and Egypt in a Chan
and World Cup qualifiers respectively.

“As a way forward, we have taken a decision as Fifa that Moses Basena
and Fred Kajoba will be incharge of the team for the interim as we
take a proper scrutiny for the next coach. We shall give them all the
support and believe they will fill the gap for the moment, Magogo was
quoted by Uganda’s New vision.

Magogo said that the date for the recruitment process will be
announced for the interested applicants to submit their CVs.

‘We will formally announce, he added, the procedure and period to
undertake recruitment. This is a position we have agreed as a family
inclusive of the players, other technical people and operational staff
for the federation”.

Basena currently doubles as UPDF FC (formerly Saints FC) head coach
while Kajoba heads Bright Stars FC.

His resignation was however received with mixed feelings. Former
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Kizza Besigye
accused Fufa  for failing to contain Micho’s situation.

The Serbian tactician terminated his contract recently after the
federation failed to clear his outstanding arrears totaling to about
USD 64,000.
Newly elected Uganda’s Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, Sentamu
Kyagulanyi commonly Known as Bobi Wine has said the situation is
embarrassing to the whole nation.

“The resignation of our beloved Uganda Cranes coach Micho over unpaid
arrears is such an embarrassment to Uganda as a nation!” he was quoted
saying.

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