Photo Credit: Swaib Raul Kanyike

UPDF (Uganda People Defense Force football team) has appointed a new head coach to replace former coach Moses Basena.

In the released press statement, it was indicated by the army team the reason to the changes is due to Basena’s commitment with the national team.

“The executive committee of the UPDF FC received a letter of resignation from the former head coach Basena Moses, in which he expressed his desire to have full commitment to the National team (the Uganda cranes) which was accepted in good spirit to respect the interests of our national team.” Reads the statement.

It’s on these basis UPDF appointed the new coach Steven Bogere who will take the team for the entire remaining season.

“UPDF FC therefore has appointed Coach Steven Bogere as the new Head Coach for the rest of 2017/ 2018.”

Under former coach Basena, UPDF managed to only get a win which came against Express on 23rd September as they drew with Masavu and KCCA, suffered defeat to Proline, Villa, Bul and URA.

Following the poor performance, UPDF is positioned in the relegation zone, fifteenth on the table with only five points.

Moses Basena and his technical team in Alexandria during the encounter with Egypt


Before Uganda cranes played Egypt and Ghana, FUFA wrote a letter requesting UPDF to release Basena on temporary basis so as to have the coach’s attention wholly with the national team.

However UPDF didn’t respond timely and after the two fixtures of the Cranes’ passed, the army team released a press statement which responded positively to FUFA requests.

Now UPDF releases another press statement claiming Basena willingly resigned so as to fully commit with the national team which is in the search for a permanent coach.

The questions that remains lingering are;

  • Why didn’t UPDF produce letter to acknowledge the release of Basena to fully commit with the national team in the right time?
  • Of what importance is Basena’s full attention with the Cranes’ after the failure of the team to qualify for the world cup?
  • Isn’t it clear that Basena was fired diplomatically?

It’s unexplainable why a whole professional football team beats around the bush in a situation that requires a spade to never be confused with a big spoon.