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COMMENT: Basena should be applauded and developed

Uganda’s head coach Moses Basena takes part in a training session with his players at Borg al-Arab Stadium near Alexandria, on September 4, 2017, on the eve of their World Cup 2018 Africa qualifier football match against Egypt.

COMMENT | Moses Magogo | FUFA and the entire football industry applauds coach Moses Basena for having accepted to take charge of the Uganda Cranes at the sudden departure of Milutin Sredojević aka Micho.

The job of head coach of the Uganda Cranes is one of the five hottest seats in Uganda, and, while we can all coach from a distance, it is another thing to sit in there.

Moses undertook a job with full commitment and in our evaluation as FUFA he did a commendable job in the circumstances in the little provided time. We have been encouraged by the development and results obtained in the 2018 CHAN qualification, 2018 World Cup Qualifiers and 2017 CECAFA.

It is not common to find a Ugandan coach of the personal character of Moses. He is confident, eloquent, principled, direct, religious and yearning to learn more

Of course there seems to be more critics of Moses’ output because of the usual less detailed analysis of the objectives set, the long term plan and the status of the players.

Moses qualified the Uganda team to CHAN, had a historic performance beating Egypt and also had a descent performance against Egypt and Congo away. It was definitely a bad day in office against Ghana in Namboole like we all have.

CECAFA is always a trial tournament for Uganda where many players are left out to try new ones. We can’t try players and dominate at the same time.

Despite being available, Walusumbi, Okwi, Jjuko, Mugerwa, and Shaban were all left out of CECAFA to provide starting room for the first timers Madoi, Bakaki, Senkatuka, Kawesa, Awany, Sadam Juma and Kyambadde.

Magogo (right) and basena

Being eliminated at the semi-final by a very improved yet Uganda’s long time boggy side Zanzibar with such a lean trial squad was not as bad as it is being made.

We must remember how many wanted Micho sacked after the semi-final loss to Tanzania in his first CECAFA of 2013 in Mombasa and failure to qualify to 2015 AFCON and later U23 elimination by Mozambique. Any coach needs time to establish himself and get judged.

Moses Basena had never been appointed as head coach but was interim and it is based on his performance that FUFA has evaluated him to be the first beneficiary of the 10 Ugandan Coaches to be selected for the accelerated*FUFA Elite Coaches Programme in the USA.

We believe with this programme, we will soon have Ugandans competing for National Team jobs not only in Uganda but the entire Africa

From FUFA to Moses it is Gracias, Merci, Obrigado, Asante, Webale

It is Our Game, It is Our Country

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Moses Magogo is the FUFA PRESIDENT

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