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Basena on Final Shortlist as Search for Cranes Coach Intensifies

After a dismal performance at the just concluded Cecafa Senior Challenge tournament, the thinking was that Moses Basena was out of the contention to become Uganda Cranes head coach.

However, reliable reports indicate Basena who is the current interim head coach is one of the four candidates on the final short list that FUFA has zeroed down to.

After a Fufa Executive Committee meeting held at Njeru technical centre on Thursday, an agreement was reached to pass the list of four coaches recommended by the technical panel.

The vetting team headed by African football legend Kalushya Bwalya received applications from over 30 coaches but decided to reduce the list to a sizeable number.

Bwalya who was in the country last week together with his team recommended four coaches including Basena.

Basena has been in charge as a caretaker since the departure of Serbian tactician Milutin Sredojevic alias Micho who is currently managing Orlando Pirates in South Africa.

In that period, he has guided the Cranes through the final bend of the World Cup qualifiers, CHAN qualifiers and the CECAFA tournament in Kenya.

The other notable figure on the list is youthful coach John Mckinstry. The former Rwanda Amavubi stars coach stands tall on the list given his experience on the continent compared to the other contenders.

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Currently coaching at Kauno Zalgiris, the Irish man has had spells at Rwanda and Sierra Leone albeit with minimal success stories.

The others include Belgian, Emilio Ferreira now at Anderlecht U21 side and Sabastian Desabria from France.

The list was forwarded to government for final recommendation since the state will be now directly involved in paying the salary of the head coach.

Announcement of the new coach is expected to happen before the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) gets underway in Morocco early next year.

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