- August 14, 2021
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FUFA Confirms Basena As Uganda Cranes Assistant Coach
The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has confirmed Moses Basena as the Uganda Cranes assistant coach on Saturday, reuniting with new Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.
Basena who was recently responsible for Rwanda’s top-tier side Sunrise FC, has previously worked as an assistant to Micho during the Serbians first reign responsible for the Cranes between 2013 and 2017.
The 54-year-old replaces former assistant Livingstone Mbabazi, who opted to stay at his club Arua Hill rather than taking over the complete time role at Cranes.
Mbabazi was unveiled as Micho’s assistant last week on Tuesday, with FUFA saying that they intended to form the assistant coach role permanent and with no attachment to a club side.
“Uganda Cranes Head coach Milutin Sredojevic has named Moses Basena as a replacement for Livingstone Mbabazi as assistant coach of the National Senior Team,” FUFA said during a statement.
“Mbabazi opted to stay at his club yet FUFA’s objective is to possess a national team coach who isn’t attached to any club.”
“The head coach features a contractual mandate to call his backroom staff,” the statement added.
Basena also handled the Uganda Cranes briefly after Micho left in 2017, but was overlooked for the permanent job in 2018 as FUFA settled for Frenchman Sebastien Desabre.
Basena is predicted to hitch the Uganda Cranes residential camp at the Cranes Paradise Hotel, and can participate in the team’s first training on Monday, August 16 because the Cranes prepare the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers in September.
The Cranes will train at a yet-to-be-communicated venue for a minimum of six days before they depart for an additional training camp in Jordan.
While in Jordan, the Cranes will have two friendly games against the Syria National Team approaching August 23 and August 26.
The team will then depart for Ethiopia on August 27, for an additional friendly game on August 29, with the foreign-based group of players joining the team then.
The Cranes contingent will then visit Nairobi, Kenya on August 31, before their first 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier game against the Harambee Stars.
Uganda is in Group E of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers alongside Kenya, Rwanda and Mali.