Football governing body Fufa has today afternoon officially unveiled Sébastien Desabre as new Uganda Cranes head coach on three year tenure.
The ceremony that had a full house of journalists was held at Fufa House in Mengo and upon his arrival at the Entebbe Airport, 41-yar-old Frenchman Desabre was driven direct to the Fufa headquarters where he had brief address saying; “I am very happy to be in Uganda. I am more than ready to serve Uganda Cranes.”
However, Desabre could barely speak fluent English and this could be his first task of how he will communicate with the players.
On the issues of the coach’s salaries, FUFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Edgar Watson, said their confidential and whoever is spreading rumours of how much the new coach will be pocketing is saying it on his/her own behalf. But according to reports, Desabre will be earning about Shs72m per month and government will reportedly be meeting half of the salary.
“We welcome our new coach Mr Sebastien Desabre from France. This is Uganda and please you are warmly welcome. The process to select the national team coach successful with 93 applicants, 5 of whom were Ugandans. Government was fully involved in the entire process. Desabre will supervise all the national development teams (U-23, U-20 and U-17) because FUFA’s philosophy is to build football from the grass-roots” Watson said during the ceremony.
Desabre will be assisted by Mathias Lule and Fred Kajoba to remain as the Goalkeeping coach. Ronald Kisolo and Ivan Ssewanyana were also maintained as the team doctors and physio respectively.