Sebastian Desabre Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Sébastien Desabre upon arrival in Saudi Arabia for club duty Credit: Twitter

French national Sébastien Desabre, 41, is the new head coach of the Uganda national football team, The Cranes.

Desabre’s appointment follows a long and tedious sieving process from the over 100 coaches who had applied for the job left vacant after the resignation of former coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic last July over unpaid wages.

Until his confirmation as Uganda Cranes head coach, Desabre has been head coach at Egyptian side club Ismaily where he was also on the touch line during their 5-0 victory over El-Raja on Wednesday, 27th December 2017 in the top flight league match. After the match, the French man resigned from his position at the club.

He is due to arrive in Uganda on Thursday afternoon hours to his unveiling ceremony at FUFA in Mengo, Kampala.

To land the job, Desabre beat three other candidates who were on the final short list of four. These included interim coach Moses Basena (Ugandan), Emilio Ferrera (Belgian) and  Northern Irishman Jonathan Mckinstry.

The final short list was formulated by a five man technical team headed by former Zambia FA boss Kalusha Bwalya.

The other members of the panel had Edgar Watson (FUFA Chief Executive Officer), Asuman Lubowa (FUFA Technical Director), Stone Kyambadde (Technical Committee chairperson) and Dr. Bernard Patrick Ogwel (National Council of Sports representative).

Renumeration and Contract Time lag

Although the employment contract between the two parties (FUFA and Sébastien Desabre) remains muted, Kawowo Sports has established that the French tactician will pocket $25,000 per month for the next three years.

He is expected to set foot at Entebbe International at noon on Thursday, 28th December 2017 before being unveiled to the media hours later.

His immediate task at hand will be to assemble and prepare a formidable team for the 2018 CHAN Championship in Morocco where Uganda Cranes is pooled in Group B alongside Zambia, Cote D’Ivoire and Namibia.

Sébastien Desabre on club duty at Ismaily F.C

About Sébastien Desabre

Sébastien Desabre was born in the French city of Valence on 2nd August 1976.

He speaks French, English and Arabic.

His club coaching journey has witnessed him coach French outfit ESC Rocheville as assistant and later head coach between 2004 and 2010.

His African adventure has witnessed him coach at ASEC Mimosas (Cote D’Ivoire), CS Garoua (Cameroon),  ES Tunis (Tunisia), Clube Recreativo Desportivo Libolo (Angola), Dubai Club (United Arab Emirates4), JS Saoura (Algeria), Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco) and lately Ismaily in Egypt.

Desabre is a hands on coach and very good planner prior to matches. His vast knowledge in club football on the African continent is a key back up pillar to patch up for his little experience in handling national teams.

Uganda will be his first national team to coach in life.

Uganda Cranes Coaches since 1969

  • Burkhard  Pape  – 1969-1972
  • David Otti  – 1973-1974
  • Westerhoff  Otto – 1974-1975
  • Peter Okee – 1976-1981, 1983
  • Bidandi  Ssali- 1982
  • George Mukasa – 1984-1985
  • Barnabas Mwesigwa – 1986-1988
  • Robert  Kiberu – 1988-1989
  • Polly Ouma  – 1989-1995
  • Timothy  Ayieko – 1995-1996
  • Asuman Lubowa – 1996-1999
  • Paul  Hasule – 1999
  • Harrison  Okagbue 1999-2001
  • Paul Hasule- 2001-2003
  • Pedro  Pasculi – 2003
  • Leo  Adraa – 2003-2004
  • Mike Mutebi – 2004
  • Mohammood  Abbas – 2004-2006
  • Laszlo Csaba- 2006-2008
  • Bobby William- 2008-2013
  • Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic – 2013-2017
  • Moses Basena –August 2017 – 27th December 2017
  • Sébastien Desabre – 28th December 2017 – 28th December 2020

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

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  1. Well, congrats to FUFA.
    Wish Desabre and the Cranes all the best.

    May Basena take advantage of this opportunity to network on his forays abroad and come back a more solid coach than he already is right now.

  2. I thank God for what has done for Uganda at large, I ask God’s blessings to our team and the new coach for God’s protection now and forever

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