Should Uganda Fire Cranes Coach Bobby?

physician geneva;”>Two comebacks to earn 1-1 draws both away and at home against Angola and Senegal respectively sparked a ray of hope to the ordinary Ugandan football fan with the Cranes towering above Liberia and former FIFA World Cup participants Angola for a moment.

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cialis 40mg geneva;”>Tragically, Uganda Cranes 2-0 loss to a lowly ranked Anthony Laffor inspired Liberia team with more football administration wrangles than all of East Africa’s combined were sent skimming to bottom of the Group J log.

I must from the onset, however express my disappointment with Coach Bobby Williamson, Asuman Lubowa with his lax and inactive technical team and the Lawrence Mulindwa’s Mengo-based federation of Uganda Football Associations all incharge of identification, follow-up, selection, maintenance and preparation of the national side.

I accept that they have an undisputed mandate to make their due duties but assembling a national team full of inactive footballers showed lack of foresight and inability to manage a national entity.


Cranes showed glimpses of promise against Angola and did exceptionally well against its neighbors in Tusker CECAFA Senior Challenge 2012, Senegal and Rwanda.

But all the progress they seemed to have been making and the hard work put in the previous three or four games especially by using locally based players who play active football and are monitored daily was undone against Liberia and Uganda is seeming to be making more backward steps if a lot is not done most notably replace the manager.

For a game that was played in honour of the late former Uganda Cranes legend Ali Kitonsa who passed away just a day before kickoff in Monrovia and ironically, Uganda was supposed to go top of Group J after Angola held Senegal to a 1-1 draw away from home, on the same night Bobby Williamson decided to blame the status of the Samuel Doe Kanyon Stadium surface.

“The pitch beat us today not Liberia. There was much football played out today but am afraid that for a world cup qualifying match, that pitch is a disgrace,” Bobby.


Why take Ugandans for a ride? Did we lift CECAFA in December at Namboole in a potatoe-pitch like Namboole Stadium?

Truth be told, with 80% of the call-ups made by Bobby Williamson not playing regular club football or without clubs; Denis Onyango (Sundowns), Abel Dhaira (Simba), Mike Mutyaba (TP Mazembe), Godfrey Walusimbi (Don Basco), Emma Okwi (Etoile Du Sahel), Hassan Wasswa (KCCA) are all non-starters while Bobby Williamson’s ‘professionals’ Moses Oloya, Baba Kizito and Tony Mawejje have been out of action for months simply because they are without clubs.

Uganda Cranes Lines Against Liberia on Sunday

Relatedly, US based Henry Kalungi, skipper Andy Mwesigwa in Kazakhstan and Northern Cyprus based Geoffrey Massa have all been in pre-season for their respective clubs.

Uganda Cranes only had a few hours to train as a full team; and that was on the match venue in Paynesville East of Monrovia the capital of Liberia, simply because FUFA had claimed to have no funds to assemble the whole squad at home later alone made a hasty residential camp at Sky Hotel Naalya just 24 hours before flying out to West Africa.

Yet, up to date, no accountability for the last two qualifiers at Namboole has been availed to Ugandans.

I ‘am aware that I have been brutal in my analysis of my countrymen’s service and performance, but we need to be realistic and stop burying our heads in the sand and hope by the time we take them out, everything will be fine and we would have qualified for African Cup of Nations and the World Cup.

I pray that the late Ali Kitonsa, David Otti, Dennis Obua, Phillip Omondi, Mujid Musisi and all the other Uganda Cranes greats do not turn in their graves at the shockingly poor performances dished out by the current Cranes setup.

Liberia Skipper skims apast the unfit Cranes captain Andy Mwesigwa

Share your sentiments, after all these near misses for a man who has been at the helm since taking over from Lazlo Czaba in 2008 with only one win away from home in 15 African Cup of Nations and World Cup Qualifiers games.

Do you feel Scottish Bobby Williamson is still the right man for the Uganda Cranes job or he should get the sack?

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