FUFA extends Basena’s tenure as Cranes interim coach

Uganda cranes coach Moses Basena and ex-captain Ibrahim Sekagya talking tactics during a past training session at Namboole. PML Daily photo.

FOOTBALL–Moses Basena has been confirmed as the man to oversee the rest of Uganda’s World Cup qualification campaign along with his current technical team.

This was confirmed at a press briefing held at FUFA House in Mengo by FUFA chief executive officer Edgar Watson today.

“The FUFA Executive committee resolved yesterday that Moses Basena will be retained as the head coach of the Uganda Cranes until the 2018 World cup qualifiers are done,” Watson said.

“He will retain his technical team of goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba, Matia Lule and Ibrahim Ssekagya for the specified period of time.

This ends speculation about who will be at the helm when Uganda plays Ghana and Congo Brazzaville in the final two games of the qualification campaign, due to the fact that FUFA had earlier sighted that Basena’s provision contract was to expire after the second leg against Egypt in Alexandria last month.

Basena has so far over seen four competitive fixtures for the Cranes with two being in the CHAN qualifiers and the other a double header against Egypt in the World Cup qualifiers.

Basena’s record has been average so far winning and loosing two of the four he has been in charge of.

Watson failed to shade light on Basena’s salary and future after the two games once again.

“I am not obliged to say out his(Basena) salary because he personally asked for it to remain confidential so i will grant him that wish,” he said.

“About what happens after the qualifiers, I don’t know whether he will stay because we will have to access the situation and see whats the way forward, ” Watson added.

“Currently we are not taking any applications for the Cranes job but as soon as the World qualifiers are done, we will definately advertise the job if necessary.

Uganda will host Ghana next at Namboole in the World Cup qualifiers on October 7, before concluding the campaign away to Congo Brazaville in November.

The Uganda Cranes are currently second in Group E on seven points, two adrift of leaders Egypt with only the winner qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Basena took over the stewardship of the Cranes following the departure of Milutin Sredojevic aka Micho who took the team to the African Cup of Nations after about 39 years.



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