Abbas sacked

Sunday September 30 2007

By YASSER KALYANGO

Kampala

2004 - September ----- Takes charge of the Cranes
2004 - October ----- Loses to South Africa in Kampala
2004 - December ----- Fails to win Cecafa in Ethiopia
2005 - March ----- Loses to South Africa away
2005 - June ----- Loses to Ghana in Kumasi
2005 - July ----- Wins against Cape Verde in Kampala
2005 - October ----- Manages a draw against Burkina Faso
2005 - December ----- Knocked out of Cecafa in Kigali
2006 - February ----- Finishes third in LG Cup in Cairo
2006 - March ----- relieved of Cranes duties

IN a bold first step on the road to the Ghana 2008 Nations Cup, the
 local soccer governing body Fufa yesterday relieved Egyptian coach
 Muhammad Abbas of his national team duties with immediate effect.

A panel of six coaches sat at the federation's head offices in Mengo
 yesterday, assessed the contribution of the Egyptian and concluded
 that
 his contribution had been below what had been expected of him and that
 the federation did not want to take chances with the Ghana campaign.

The Uganda Cranes are in Group 3 alongside West African giants the
 Super Eagles of Nigeria, Niger and Lesotho.
Fufa president Mr Lawrence Mulindwa told Daily Monitor that he
 respected every decision that his technical committee came up with.

He said that the decision to sack Abbas was timely and that as long as
 it had been taken by the technical wing of the federation and other
 football experts he did not have any problems with it.

Veteran coach David Otti, Edgar Watson, Jackson Mayanja and Mike Mutebi
 who worked under the Egyptian coach all attended the meeting.
"It is now official, Abbas has been sacked. It was a worthwhile
 decision and the panel of different experts saw that a change in
 tactician
 would be of great importance to the national team on their tough
 Nations
 Cup campaign. We believe the panel came out with a perfect decision
 and
 I believe Uganda will not regret," Mulindwa said.

Abbas, who was not in the country at the time of the sacking, is
 expected to jet in tomorrow. He has been in Egypt on holiday.
However, Mulindwa who preferred not to disclose the next man to take
 over the duties of guiding the Cranes to Accra, called for patience
 and
 added that they would cross the bridge when they get there.
However, sources in the federation indicated that the president is in
 talks with a foreign coach, most probably from Europe.
During his reign, Abbas was very outspoken.

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