Former Uganda Player Says Next Coach Should Be Local


Uganda’s next head coach should hail from home, according to former Cranes footballer David Obua.

Former coach Milutin Sredojević stepped down from his post last week, though the move only becoming official on Saturday.

Uganda’s coaching situation is of pique interest to Egypt, who faces the Cranes in back-to-back World Cup qualifiers Aug. 31 and Sept. 5.

“I advise Uganda’s Football Association (FUFA) not to press panic buttons and run to employ another foreign coach,” Obua told KweséESPN.

“Sredojevic has laid a good foundation and our coaches can take over.

“This is the best timing for our local coaches to take over the national team.”

Obua is set to enter the coaching world himself, enrolling in football management courses in Scotland.

The 33-year-old former winger thinks foreign managers take too much time to get acclimated to the respective games within Africa.

“They come to Africa and it takes them some time to understand the players and yet the local coaches know these players well,” according to Obua.

“But the federations simply think the foreign coaches are the gods of coaching.

“[FUFA] should make sure they give a local coach the same amount of money Sredojevic has been getting and clearly spell out what they expect in return.

“KCCA FC’s Mike Mutebi, who guided the team to the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup and won a double in Uganda, is one of the coaches I believe can handle the team,” he said.

Current Uganda assistant Moses Basena and goalkeeper coach Fred Kajoba are expected to take over on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is hired.

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