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Will Uganda qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup
in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea?
and fall of Uganda Cranes tacticians
After sacking Robert Kiberu, FUFA picked former Cranes star and
skipper Polly Ouma to handle the team. In October 1989, he led The
Cranes to the Kuwait Invitational Peace and Friendship Games in which
Uganda lost to Iraq in the final. This was after an impressive show
against Lebanon, Kuwait and Iran.
Ouma’s next task weeks later was to lead the team in the CECAFA
Cup in Kenya. The Cranes did wonders and recaptured the title, which
had eluded Uganda for 12 years.
The Cranes won the title again in 1990 but failed to take it for
keeps in Kampala when they hosted the tournament. To make matters
worse, they also missed out on qualification to the 1992 Nations
Cup held in Senegal.
That same year, Uganda recaptured the CECAFA trophy but still missed
the 1994 Nations Cup following a goalless draw against Nigeria at
Ouma’s team was in contention for a slot at the 1996 Nations
Cup before Egypt walloped the team 6-0 in the final qualifying match.
Ouma sensed danger and resigned.
Timothy Ayieko, 1995-96
He was Ouma’s assistant from 1989, so when his boss quit, he
was given the task to lead The Cranes to the 1995 CECAFA Cup in Kampala.
However, the team failed to qualify from the group. Uganda’s
second-string side The Kobs reached the final and lost to Zanzibar.
Ayieko resigned on June 5, 1996. Currently Ayieko is the sports officer
of Jinja based Kakira Sugar Corporation.
Asuman Lubowa, 1996-99
After pushing The Kobs to the 1995 CECAFA Cup final, Lubowa was appointed
Cranes coach. His assignment was to prepare the team for the World
Cup engagement against Angola. But Uganda was beaten home and away
to bow out.
The situation soured when The Cranes got eliminated in the preliminary
round of the 1998 Nations Cup qualifier at the hands of Ethiopia.
Cranes made up for their early exit by clinching the CECAFA Cup in
Sudan in 1996.
Lubowa’s next hurdle was to oversee Uganda’s qualification
for the Nations Cup in 2000. However, the team finished at the bottom
of the table and following Tunisia’s 6-0 drubbing, Lubowa threw
in the towel in April 1999.
Paul Hasule I, 1999
FUFA immediately elevated Lubowa’s assistant Paul Hasule to
see out the campaign. And he started off well with a 1-0 victory
over Liberia in a match best remembered for the late show of Liberian
super star George Weah.
However, The Cranes got ejected from the World Cup qualifiers by
Guinea. So when FUFA picked his assistant Paul Ssali to guide the
team to the CECAFA Cup in Rwanda, it was evident that his job was
on line. Finally FUFA replaced Hasule in December 1999.
Harrison Okagbue, 1999-2001
National Council of Sports, on behalf of FUFA, recruited Harrison
Okagbue. The Nigerian tactician was asked to take Uganda to the
2002 Nations Cup in Mali. He first guided Uganda to the 2000 CECAFA
Cup in Kampala and also won the Castle Cup in Kenya.
But Nations Cup qualification proved a level too high was Uganda
was humiliated by Senegal and Togo in the group. That was enough
to earn Okagbue the sack.
Hasule II, 2001-03
Hasule reclaimed the Cranes job and his mission was to see Uganda
book the 2004 Nations Cup ticket. In September 2002, he got off
to a dream start when Uganda beat African giants Ghana 1-0 in the
In November 2002, his Cranes side could only finish fourth at the
Upon resumption of the Nations Cup qualifiers in March 2003, Uganda
held Rwanda to a goalless draw in Kigali. This was a good result
by any stretch, not to Denis Obua and his FUFA executive. And even
though Uganda was leading the table, FUFA deemed the result unacceptable
and showed him the door. Unfortunately Hasule passed away on April
Pedro Pasculli, 2003
On May 17, 2003 FUFA through Italian marketing firm, Euromarkint
brought in former Argentina 1986 World Cup star Pablo Pedro Pasculli
whose monthly salary was US$ 8,000. He immediately encountered
a language barrier and Christine Ayaa was hired as his translator.
However, he failed to impress at his first assignment as Rwanda piped
Cranes 1-0 at Namboole on June 7. Pasculli was not amused; he sneaked
out of the country on June 14, 2003 and returned to his base in Italy.
Leo Adraa, 2003-04
FUFA picked his assistant Leo Adraa to handle the team to the June
22, last group tie against Ghana in Kumasi. The Cranes drew 1-1
bow out of the 2004 campaign. Adraa continued with the team for
the 2006 Nations Cup and World Cup qualifier games. Cranes eliminated
Mauritius on its way to the group stages. However, in December
2003, Adraa didn’t travel for the CECAFA Cup in Sudan, as
Charles Namakoola led the U-23 dominated team to victory.
Mike Mutebi, 2004
In 2004, FUFA picked youthful Mike Mutebi to guide the team through
the Africa Cup/World Cup double header whose members were; Ghana,
South Africa, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and DR Congo. The Cranes
won the first game against DR Congo in Namboole. But FUFA politics
took the centre stage as the majority of professional players skipped
some games. Cranes went on to lose to Cape Verde, Burkina Faso
and South Africa, though pulled a draw against Ghana at home. Mutebi
Muhammed Abbas, 2004-06
FUFA recruited Egyptian tactician Mohamood Abbasi who started with
the home tie against South Africa in October together with Mutebi.
But after that match he officially took control of the team. But
the Cranes lost the away tie in South Africa and Cranes suffered
a 4-0 defeat by DR Congo in Kinshasa to bow out. Cranes also failed
to impress in CECAFA tournament—a thing which prompted the
newly elected Lawrence Mulindwa FUFA to sack him in 2006.
Csaba Laszlo, 2006-08
In 2006, FUFA recruited Serbia tactician Csaba Laszlo to take Uganda
for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations. Uganda was pooled alongside;
Niger, Lesotho and Nigeria. The Serb first helped Cranes reach
the semi-final of CECAFA tournament in Ethiopia. Then Cranes went
on to win all her home matches and pulled two rare points away
against Niger and Lesotho but narrowly missed the Nations slot.
After the aborted campaign, Csaba was given another task of guiding
the Cranes to 2010 double header (Africa Cup/World Cup) qualifier.
Uganda was in a group, which had Angola, Benin and Niger. Cranes
did not lose at home and pulled a draw in Angola. But Csaba resigned
in the middle of the campaign in 2008 and opted for Scotland’s
side Hearts FC.
Bobby Williamson, 2008-Present
Csaba seconded Bob Williamson as his replacement. The Scot continued
with the campaign but lost his first assignment 3-1 at the hands
of Niger but the team resurrected in the last group match against
Benin. The 2-1 victory at Namboole turned useless following Angola’s
win over Niger in Luanda. Williamson is still the current Cranes
David Obua, Steven Bengo, Simon Masaaba, Ceasar Okuthi,
INTERVIEWS; Patrick Ochan, Jackson Mayanja, Sam Timbe, Brian Umony,
Geofrey Massa, Ibra Sekajja, Balyejusa Emma.
CLUB FOCUS; S.C.Villa , Express, URA , Hoima , KCC , Victors. ..