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Cranes' coach plots future after World Cup exit

Uganda Cranes’ goalless draw with Ghana last weekend at Namboole, literally marked the end of their hopes to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Egypt clinched the group E slot to the World Cup finals after beating Congo-Brazzaville 1-0 on Sunday.

However, that has not dampened the spirits of Cranes coach Moses Basena, who insists that the game with Congo-Brazzaville on November 6 is no dead rubber, but an opportunity to improve the team for future engagements.

Basena said: “We are in the middle of other campaigns, like the 2019 Afcon qualifiers. The game in Congo will be good preparation for us.”

It has been suggested in some quarters that Basena should use home-based players for the final qualifying round match against Congo-Brazzaville since the game is just a formality fixture.


0 #1 the Ugandan... 2017-10-13 02:24
The Congo game should be left to young local players who have little away experience.

Basena cannot continue working with divided attention between the national teams and UPDF.

So FUFA should bite the bullet and offer him a full time contract, paid for by the government with performance benchmarks which include further education especially in modern team management.

That way Basena can talk to local coaches about national team player's goals without bias or suspicion. He can even plan long term.
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