Sebastien Desabre arrives at FUFA house. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE
[/media-credit] Uganda Cranes coach Sebastien Desabrel at Entebbe International Airport. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Uganda Cranes head coach, Sebastien Desabre will return to the East African country on Saturday, 10th February 2018, Kawowo Sports reliably confirms.

After the 2018 CHAN tournament in Morocco, the 41 year old Frenchman sought to have some resting time in his native country as the rest of the delegation returned home.

The coach, also was expected to continue with monitoring majority of the national team players plying their trade in Europe and elsewhere.

For starters, Desabre took over the Uganda Cranes job on 28th December 2017, a day after guiding Egyptian side Ismaily in their 4-1 league triumph against El-Raja.

At his official unveiling ceremony at FUFA House in Mengo, Desabre vowed to give the Uganda Cranes a new look with a philosophy of attacking football and equal defensive play.

Desabre was handed the job alongside Uganda U-20 national team head coach Mathias Lule as Fred Kajoba was maintained as the goalkeeping coach.

[/media-credit] L-R: Fred Kajoba (Goalkeeping coach), Mathias Lule (Assistant coach) and Louis Serge Sebastien Desabre on duty during CHAN 2018 in Morocco Credit: FUFA Media

He replaced interim coach Moses Basena, who had been assistant to Serbian national, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.

Basena was given the mantle to lead the Uganda Cranes on interim basis following the resignation of Micho over uncleared arrears in salaries.

During the CHAN 2018 tournament, Uganda only managed a single point, earned for the goal-less draw with West Africans, Cote D’Ivoire in the last group B clash played at Marrakech stadium.

Earlier on, Uganda Cranes had lost 2-1 to Zambia in the group opener and also succumbed to a late-late goal against Namibia.

Before the CHAN 2018 tournament, Desabre had handled the Uganda Cranes team for less than a fortnight.

The Cranes lost 1-0 to Congo and drew goal-less with Guinea in the warm up games.

Meanwhile, FUFA has confirmed that there will be a joint press conference next Wednesday for Desabre and the FUFA president Moses Magogo concerning the team’s performance at CHAN 2018.

“On Wednesday, FUFA will hold a press conference where the national team head coach Desabre and the FUFA President will address the media. The coach is expected to make reveal his technical plan and strategy for the national team” Ahmed Hussein, the FUFA PRO noted as he was hosted on CBS Radio 88.8 FM.

[/media-credit] Sebastien Desabre speaks to FUFA CEO, Edgar Watson at Serene Suites where he was residing for the few days he was stayed in Uganda before leaving for CHAN 2018 Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Uganda has confirmed two international build up matches coming up in March 2018 as the coach continues to build the team that will compete in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers.

The opponents for the international build ups are yet to be revealed.

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 – Todate

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

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