Cranes Coach, Desabre Must Explain Uganda’s “Dismal” Performance – Magogo


FUFA President Moses Magogo
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Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) President, Moses Magogo has said he is disappointed with Uganda’s poor performance in the last game of AFCON qualifiers where they lost lost 3-0 to Tanzania in Dar es salaam yesterday describing it as the “worst” under his football administration.

The match also put goalkeeper, Denis Onyango’s clean sheet on a stop. Until yesterday, Uganda was the only country which had not conceded any goal in these qualifiers.

Cranes went in game playing for pride and maintaining their unbeaten record in the 2019 qualifiers, since they had already qualified in November last year.

According to Magogo, FUFA provided everything the technical team and players wanted on time including a nearly one week’s camp in Egypt, allowances as well as an assurance of bonuses should they have won or drawn the game.

“All allowances and outstanding bonuses were fully paid before the match.The coach asked for a camp in Egypt, we provided it,” Magogo said in a statement.

“The coach has a full independent hand to select the team including the lineup. We have and will never interfere with the team callup and lineup. Bonuses of 2500 USD per player for the win and 1500 USD for a 0-0 draw were announced before the match of Tanzania,” he added.

He says despite the National Council for Sports, Sebastian Desabre not providing the funds required, the FUFA administration mobilised funds and cleared everything outstanding before the match.

The top football administrator says the Coach and member of his technical team as well as the players are responsible for the disgraceful performance and ought to explain.

“I want to listen to any explanation why it is not the coach and the team responsible for this dismal performance but the FUFA President and/or the administration,” he said.

A number of football fans and analysts have questioned the team selection saying more able and active players were not featured and that some players were put in positions they were not meant to play.

The football administrator says, this is the time for the technical team to explain their decisions.

“We are also football fans hurt by the bad results. We are also football fans sometimes in disagreement with the decisions of the coaches but we support them because they are the most technical,” he said.

“Now is the time for the coaches to explain their selections and tactics but not before the match. We will wait for the technical explanations from the technical team of the match,” he added.

Meanwhile, Tanzania’s win against Uganda helped them to end a 39 year jinx without qualifying for Africa’s top most football tournament.

Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, DRC and Burundi are the only countries from East and Central Africa which sealed slots in this year’s AFCON tourney which will be hosted by Egypt from June 21 to July 19.

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