Uganda’s national team coach Bobby Williamson has been sacked. There was no clear reason given for his sacking though some sources claim he was shown the exit over poor performance.
The Scottish tactician who has been Uganda cranes coach for the last years was shown the exit on Monday morning at a press briefing held at Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) house, the headquarters of the football federation. The Coach’s backroom staff has also been fired.
“The Federation of Uganda football Association (FUFA) hereby informs the public that a notice of termination of contract has this Monday 8th April 2013 been given to the Cranes Head Coach Mr. Roberts ‘Bobby’ Williamson” said Rogers Mulinda FUFA spokesman
Bobby replaced Hungarian Laszlo Czaba during the 2008 Nations cup qualification campaign. Williamson has been in charge the 2010, 2012 and 2013 bids to get Uganda to the African Nations Cup in vain.
He has been fired as Uganda struggles to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil. Mathematically, the team can still qualify but with the games ahead, only divine intervention will propel the Cranes.
To some football fans in Uganda, Bobby’s sacking will come as a relief as many blamed him for having no vision to enable the national team progress while to others, his exit spells doom for the team. His fans credit him for having steered Uganda Cranes to four CECAFA titles and claim bad federation politics is the cause of the dismal qualifying performance.
BOBBY WILLIAMSON FACT FILE
Born Robert Williamson on the 13 August 1961 in Glasgow, Scotland, he is a Scottish former football player.
Williamson played as a striker for Clydebank, Rangers, West Bromwich Albion, Rotherham United and Kilmarnock. He then became a manager at Kilmarnock, winning the 1996/97 Scottish Cup. Williamson moved to Hibernian in 2002, but had less success there and left in 2004 to manage Plymouth Argyle. He was sacked by Argyle after just over a year in charge before moving to Chester City.
On 19 August 2008, Williamson was appointed by FUFA to be the coach of the Uganda national football team. Williamson replaced Csaba László, who resigned in July 2008 to join Scottish Premier League side Hearts. Within days of being appointed, Williamson was given the ultimatum of winning his first two games against Niger and Benin to earn a longer contract. He succeeded in doing that, and Uganda’s FIFA World Ranking steadily improved during his first two years in charge.
Uganda Cranes almost qualified for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, losing on a penalty shootout in their qualifying playoff tie against then Champions Zambia.