The State Minister In-charge of Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi has said it was right for the federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) to take a stand on the national team coach.
Bakkabulindi defended the FA’s decision to sack Bobby Williamson. Bakkabulindi said the FA was right to let Williamson go if he had failed to fulfill the terms for his hire. FUFA sacked Robert ‘Bobby’ Williamson yesterday.
Bakkabulindi, who is not new to football circles after serving as team manager for one of Uganda’s strong League sides then, Uganda Airlines in the 80’s said hiring and sacking coaches is part of the business. Bakkabulindi said every coach has benchmarks and achievements to meet when he is taking up the job and short of that means he is under performing.
After the Cranes 2-0 loss away to Liberia two weeks ago in a 2014 World Cup qualifier, Bakkabulindi said he was not happy with what the technical committee was doing by concentrating on having only professionals on the team instead of having majority of the team be made up of local based talent.
As the Ugandan FA struggles to look for another coach, sacked Williamson has been guarded in his comments and it is not immediately clear what he will do next
Rogers Mulindwa, the FA’s Head of Communication said today, that they are waiting to hear from Williamson’s lawyers. The lawyers are expected to seek compensation for their client whose contract has been terminated.
Former international Jackson Mayanja and Fred Kajoba, the two assistants who have been working alongside Bobby are also likely to know their fate before the end of this month.
The FA’s Vice President in-charge of the League who also sits on the Cranes technical Committee, Mujib Kasule said that the two assistants will run team affairs in the meantime. But Kasule said that the new coach is likely to select his own technical team.