Byekwaso takes over as interim head coach for Uganda Cranes

Byekwaso takes over as interim head coach for Uganda Cranes
Morley Byekwaso, the former KCCA FC Coach

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has officially appointed Morley Byekwaso, the former KCCA FC Coach, as the interim head coach of the Uganda Cranes, a role he will hold for a one-month period.

This decision was confirmed by FUFA on their official website, where they announced the formation of a temporary Technical Team that will be active from October 3rd to October 31st, 2023.

The Uganda Cranes interim technical team is composed of four key members: Morley Byekwaso as Interim Head Coach, Fred Muhumuza as Interim Assistant Coach, Stephen Billy Kiggundu as Interim Goalkeeping Coach, and Felix Ayobo as Interim Fitness Coach.

This quartet will be responsible for guiding the Uganda Cranes during the International break this month, overseeing two crucial matches against Mali on October 13th in Bamako and Zambia in Dubai, UAE on October 17th, 2023. The interim technical team is also tasked with announcing the Uganda Cranes’ squad for these two international fixtures.

Morley Byekwaso is notable for his role in leading the Under 20 National team, the Uganda Hippos, to the final of the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in 2021, where they ultimately finished as runners-up.

Byekwaso takes over as interim head coach for Uganda Cranes
Morley Byekwaso in training

This appointment follows the recent dismissal of Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic as the head coach of the Uganda Cranes, which came in the wake of a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign where Uganda secured third place with seven points.

In response, FUFA took the decision to dissolve the entire technical bench of the Uganda Cranes, including the Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Goalkeeping Trainer, and Strength and Conditioning Coach.

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Notably, these positions were open to both Ugandan and non-Ugandan applicants, with an emphasis on candidates possessing prior experience in these roles.

According to FUFA’s Communications Director Hussein, there was a substantial number of applicants for these positions, including a significant portion from outside Uganda.

The application pool consisted of 245 candidates for the Head Coach role, 34 for the Assistant Head Coach position, 24 for the Strength and Conditioning position, and seven for the Goalkeeping Coach position.