Morley Byekwaso, previously serving as the assistant Head Coach of Uganda Premier League side SC Villa, is known for his role in guiding the Under 20 National team, the Uganda Hippos, to the final of the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in 2021, where they faced Ghana and finished as runners-up.
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has announced the appointment of Morley Byekwaso,
the former KCCA FC Coach, as the interim head coach of the Uganda Cranes for a
one-month period. FUFA confirmed this decision on their website,
stating, "FUFA has named a Technical Team of four people for an interim
period of one month running from 3rd - 31st October 2023."
technical team comprises Morley Byekwaso as Interim Head Coach, Fred Muhumuza as interim Assistant Coach, Stephen Billy Kiggundu as interim Goalkeeping Coach, and Felix
Ayobo as Interim Fitness Coach. "The
quartet will take charge of Uganda Cranes during the International break this
month where the team will play two games against Mali on 13th October in Bamako
and Zambia in Dubai, UAE on 17th October 2023. Uganda Cranes squad for the two
international games will also be named today by the interim technical team,”
read another part of FUFA's statement
Morley Byekwaso, previously serving as the
assistant Head Coach of Uganda Premier League side SC Villa, is known for his
role in guiding the Under 20 National team, the Uganda Hippos, to the final of
the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in 2021, where they faced Ghana and finished as
runners-up. This appointment follows the recent dismissal
of Milutin Sredojevic as Micho as the head coach of the Uganda Cranes,
following a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign in which
Uganda finished in third place with seven points.
FUFA dissolved the entire technical bench of
the Uganda Cranes, including the Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Goalkeeping
Trainer, and Strength and Conditioning Coach. These positions were open to both
Ugandan and non-Ugandan applicants, and coaches with prior experience in these
roles were encouraged to apply. A fortnight ago, FUFA’s
Communications Director Hussein told Uganda Radio Network-reported a significant number of applicants
for these positions, with a majority of them coming from outside Uganda. The
applications included 245 for the Head Coach position, 34 for the Assistant
Head Coach position, 24 for the Strength and Conditioning role, and seven for
the Goalkeeping Coach position.