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Uganda Cranes Coach Desabre Sebastien’s Contract Terminated

The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has announced the termination of the national football team coach’s contract.

Desabre was on December 28, 2017 unveiled as the new coach of Uganda’s national team on a two-year deal.

“On the 6th of July 2019, both FUFA and  National Team Head coach of the Uganda Cranes Mr. Desabre Sebastien Serge Louis mutually agreed to terminate the contract between the two parties,” reads a statement issued by FUFA on Saturday night.

“The reasons for termination of the employment contract are for the benefit and growth of both parties,” the statement added.

FUFA didn’t provide specifics explaining their decision to end the coach’s contract.

However, the incident comes just days after Uganda Cranes bowed out of African Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt.

The players, who had earlier staged a sit-down strike and refused to train due to delayed bonuses, were defeated by Senegal.

It remains unclear if the Cranes’ conduct is reason for the end of Desabre’s contract.

As of Friday, reports indicated that Al Ahly SC of Egypt were keen on hiring Desabre as their new manager.

FUFA said it “recognises the contribution by Mr. Desabre for the improvement of the sporting and professional organisation of the Uganda Cranes inclusive of qualification to the AFCON 2019 Finals and also to the Round of 16.”

Fufa further said the 42-year-old French National remained “grateful to the people and the Government of Uganda, FUFA, Sponsors, Staff and the players that have provided him a good environment to fulfill his obligations in his first time role as a National Team Coach.”

But Desabre is yet to speak out on this new development.

While Desabre had never coached a national team before taking on Uganda Cranes, he does have a lot of club experience, mainly in north Africa with spells in Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria and Morocco.

His north African stints saw him take charge of the likes of Esperance in Tunisia and Wydad Casablanca in Morocco.

Desabre replaced Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic who terminated his contract over the issue of unpaid wages in July, 2017.

Micho led Uganda to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon, the first time the Cranes had reached the finals since 1978.

FUFA on Saturday said it would “communicate any further development about the Uganda Cranes technical staff and future programmes of the National senior team in the nearest future.

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