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Cranes Coach Bobby Williamson sacked :: Uganda Radionetwork

Cranes Coach Bobby Williamson sacked

He took over from Hungarian Laszlo Csaba who abandoned the team to go Coach Hearts in the Scottish League.

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Roberts Bobby Williamson, the head coach of Uganda Cranes has been sacked. Bobby was fired on Monday morning by the Federation of Uganda Football Federation-FUFA led by Lawrence Mulindwa. Roger Mulindwa, the FUFA spokesperson says that the decision to terminate Bobby’s contract was reached by the Emergency Committee of FUFA. He said the decision was made in compliance with the contract of employment and other relevant labor laws of Uganda including the Employment Act 2006.


According to Mulindwa despite the fact that termination of Bobby’s contract takes immediate effect, the fate of his assistants Jackson Mayanja and Fred Kajoba will be known later. He says that the Committee will meet to decide on the way forward and who will take over the national team. Bobby, who has won four regional Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge Cups and came close to qualifying the team for the Africa Cup of Nations on two occasions, was signed in 2008. He took over from Hungarian Laszlo Csaba who abandoned the team to go Coach Hearts in the Scottish League.

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Although Bobby has helped the Cranes on the FIFA rankings, his recent loss 2-0 to lowly placed Liberia in the 2014 World Cup qualifier has affected him greatly and many people in the FUFA circles decided he should be sacked. After the loss to Liberia, Uganda slipped to fourth place in Group J of the World Cup qualifier. Senegal leads the group with five points, while Liberia are second and Angola third.

Two weeks ago Bobby Williamson said he was confident the Cranes would beat Liberia in the return leg on June 8 at Namboole Stadium but he will not have chance to see this happen. After the meeting at the FUFA headquarters in Mengo this morning, the FA President Mulindwa simply entered his car and drove away shying away from questions from the media. When contacted, Williamson told Uganda Radio Network that he is not talking to the press just yet. “Not sure I will do an interview with the media,” he later sent an SMS clearly indicating that he is shocked by the development.

The contract of the Scottish man was meant to expire on September 15, 2014.

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