The Saints coach Moses Basena Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Fred Kajoba and Moses Basena shall handle Uganda Cranes on interim basis Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

FUFA has on Monday appointed Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba as interim coaches for the national football team, Uganda Cranes.

This follows the termination of the employment contract by former coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic who cited non payment of salaries to the tune of $54,000.

The development was confirmed by the FUFA president, Moses Magogo on Monday during a fully packed press conference in Mengo, Kampala.

As FUFA, we sat as a family (officials and immediate former players) and decided that Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba carry on an interim basis until after the Egypt matches home and away

We shall give them all the due support they deserve.

Magogo used the platform to narrate the background of the how Micho was recruited.

“I was key in the recruitment of coach Micho. He is a good coach and we have a lost a good coach. On record, he remains one of the least paid coaches on the African continent. As a team, we have lost a star player but the team has to continue,” Magogo stated.

He hinted on the proposal of doubling Micho’s salary which he (the coach) rejected.

At one stage, we were approached by a West African country with an enviable offer of $200,000 which the federation and the coach rejected.

He has been very committed to his job but had personal weaknesses just like all of us individuals.

We paid the coach a lump sum of $50,000 to the coach as bonus for qualifying the team to AFCON 2017.

Magogo stated that coach Micho might have got a good offer from other clients than the one FUFA was presenting.

[/media-credit] Fred Kajoba is also the Uganda Cranes’ goalkeeping coach Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

The Uganda FA boss also hinted on the inherited debt carried forward by the time he took over presidency.

It is on record, by the time I took over as federation president, the coach had two months’ arrears.

The debt for the coach has been a cumulative figure.

It is time therefore, that Government comes up to support (financially) the national team

He also pledged to pay the outstanding debt ($54,000) owed to Micho given the systematic cash flow they had agreed on with the Serbian in an earlier meeting.

Basena and Kajoba start immediate business with the back to back CHAN 2018 qualifier matches against Rwanda in August.

Uganda Cranes host the first leg on 12th August 2017 in Kampala with the return leg to be played a week later.

The winner on aggregate over the two legs will qualify for the CHAN 2018 championship in Kenya.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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