Sunday March 31 2013

Fufa part ways with coach Bobby

By Andrew Mwanguhya

Bobby Williamson’s four years and eight months career as Uganda Cranes coach has come to an end after Fufa and the Scot agreed to end the relationship “mutually.”

Fufa’s decision comes on the back of Uganda’s 2-0 defeat to Liberia which loss left the Cranes at the bottom of Group J of the 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifiers with just two points from three games.

The 51-year-old took over Cranes reigns in July 2008 replacing László Csaba, the Romanian born Hungarian having moved to Scottish side Hearts.

Former KCC forward Jackson Mayanja, who hitherto Bobby’s assistant, has been put in charge on an interim basis with the federation promising a new coach by the time Cranes face Liberia in the return leg on June 8.

Fufa in a statement released on Easter Sunday said they were ending the relationship because Bobby’s position as coach had become “untenable.”

It reads: “Unfortunately the results and performances of the team in recent Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifying have not been good enough and were showing no signs of improving at a key time when we are looking at Brazil.

“Bobby has been great for us since joining us in 2008, winning four Cecafa titles and edging us closer to Nations Cup on three previous occasions.

“But recent results in the World Cup qualifiers have made his position untenable. We have reached the decision mutually and wish Bobby the best going forward.”

And going forward indeed, Fufa and Bobby will hope the Cranes win their next two qualifiers against Liberia and Angola at Namboole since the Scot is here to stay. Happy Fools Day.