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Mubiru never applied for Cranes’ permanent job

Currently serving as the Uganda Cranes interim head coach, Football-256 has learnt that Abdallah Mubiru didn’t apply for the permanent job.

The Cranes coaching job fell vacant following Frenchman Sebastien Desabre’s resignation after the Cranes lost 1-0 to Senegal at the round of 16 of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations.

FUFA then disbanded the entire Cranes staff before Mubiru appointed alongside Livingstone Mbabazi as his assistant and Sadik Wassa as the goalkeeping coach.

Cranes head coach Abdallah Mubiru (R) gives instructions of to the players during training at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo / FUFA Images

Mubiru has been in charge of two Championship of African Nations (CHAN) qualifiers against Somalia advancing to the final qualifying round 7-2 on aggregate.

But before that, he handled the side in June at the 2019 COSAFA Championship in South Africa where they drew two games against Lesotho and South Africa but lost both on penalties.

On Sunday he will work with the senior team ahead of their international friendly against Kenya, the first time he will be working with some of the senior members of the team. 

A game that is also likely to be his last in charge before a permanent coach is considered for the job. 

“Everyone would wish to be Cranes coach, it a big job and I would fancy being there permanently,” Mubiru told www.football-256.com, before adding. 

“But I didn’t apply for the job though I wouldn’t mind if I am considered or if I am given a chance to work with whoever was got the job.”

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L-R Geoffrey Massa, Abdallah Mubiru and kitsman Frank Bumpenje during the team’s training session at Lugogo / Ronald Lusulire Image

Pressed to give his reason, the Police FC was hesitant before taking the lid off the bottle in a telephone interview he was choosing his word carefully.

“In Uganda, everyone is obsessed with a foreign coach, so I saw it as a wastage of time to apply for a job when I know the chances of being considered are very minimal.”

“I am happy for the time I have been given to serve, it’s not for me but all my fellow coaches, when I do well, we are earning respect as local coaches.”

That’s why every opportunity I get and I am deployed at whatever level I take it because I know it’s helping me get better and exposed and our abilities as local coaches are seen,” Mubiru added.

 The former KCCA FC and Proline head, however, is optimistic that a time will come and the local coaches can be judged at the same wavelength with the foreign coaches.

About the role of the assistant coach, Mubiru also didn’t apply; “I believe the head coach has the responsibility to choose his assistants, of course, the federation recommends some names and he chooses from those.”

“Just like Matia Lule was recommended to Desabre they worked well together because they understood each, so for now we just have to wait and see the outcome”

This website however also understands the immediate for assistant coach Lule and Moses Basena applied for the vacant role of the assistant coach.

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