Saturday August 12 2017

Fufa can redeem image with how they manage Micho era aftermath

Milutin Micho Sredojevich, former Uganda cranes

Milutin Micho Sredojevich, former Uganda cranes head coach leads players during training on 28 March 2016 at Mandela Stadium, Namboole in preparation for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers match against Burkina Faso on 29 March 2016 at Mandela Stadium, Namboole. Photo by Ismail Kezaala 

By Moses Banturaki

Now that Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojević has been paraded by other suitors, it is time to move on and that means looking back home at what challenges and opportunities the new circumstances provide.
Let me not belabor the point about Fufa’s lack of preparedness in their handling of the saga. But they now have a chance at redemption in how they handle the transition.
It augurs well for continuity that they have appointed Micho’s deputies in an interim capacity. But I suggest they don’t hesitate in confirming them in the job.
Ugandans will remember Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba for being part of the football scene for decades. They have been there and done that. They know how the beast works or falls.
It is this experience that propelled them to the position they have held for the last four years. And for all it matters this makes them ideal for the main job. It was the most convenient choice given the circumstances. But I also see the logic in continuing the successes they initiated with Micho. It is an easy script to follow for men of their demonstrated competence.
That those two are technically capable is therefore beyond doubt and The Cranes cannot do any worse by testing and developing local managerial competences.
It however must not be lost on us that the duo’s experience has only been as assistants. They will need all the help they can get to cross the gap into full capacity. It is a different animal at the level.
The expectations will be different and there will be very few hiding places. Recent successes are now generally accepted as the new basic minimum. That will translate into more pressure than they have ever contended with. But above all they will have to cope with ‘political’ interference from careerists and football administrators – who almost always form a weed that grows into national team matters and one that has ultimately choked the efforts of all their predecessors.
So, the least Fufa can do by way of assisting their latest recruits is to do what they have often failed to do - and that is let them get along with the job of managing. All matters pertaining to recruiting, staffing, planning, strategy formulation and execution must be left to the men whose job it is to provide leadership.
It makes no economic sense whatsoever to recruit a manager, put him on a high wage contract, then do the very job he was tasked with doing. It makes managers redundant and turns them into perpetual tourists or in Micho’s case, twitter warriors.
Micho has since promised to abandon Twitter and concentrate on his new job. Fufa must ensure his successors don’t have to make such decisions. For that to happen, the usual imposters and glory hunters that like to commandeer national team matters must all be kept at bay and the competencies of local managers allowed to blossom. Yes, there shall be failures and false starts, but it is all part of the process of development.