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Scottish coach dreams

Denis Dibele/Twenty Ten

Headline: Scottish coach dreams of setting Uganda on the soccer map
Date: 22/10/2009
Location: Kampala, Uganda

Article Synopsis: Uganda’s football lack; the national team fails to qualify for the African Nations Cup. A couple of foreign coaches have trained the Cranes and Bobby Williamson is among them. A look into why the national team has failed to make it to the African Nations Cup.

Opening Paragraph: Ask someone to describe a typical Ugandan national football coach and it is unlikely they would come up with a 48-year-old, bald, bespectacled Glaswegian. Put in another way, it is unlikely they would come up with Bobby Williamson.

Keywords: Uganda national team, Bobby Williamson, African Nations Cup, foreign Cranes coaches, Scottish coach, Federation of Uganda Football Association
Language: English
Related media: none

Text: Ask someone to describe a typical Ugandan national football coach and it is unlikely they’d come up with a 48-year-old, bald, bespectacled Glaswegian. Put another way, it is unlikely they would come up with Bobby Williamson. It is a tricky question, of course. There is no such thing as a typical Ugandan coach. Williamson follows in a long line of foreign coaches who have tried to reverse the team’s fortunes in recent times.

His predecessors include the likes of Burkad Pape of Germany, Egyptian Mohamud Abbas, Predo Pasculii of Argentina – he only lasted one month in the late 1990s - Harrison Okagbue of Nigeria and Csaba Laszlo, a German-born Hungarian. “The Cranes”, indeed, have had a dozen foreign coaches in the last 30 years. Ugandan coaches,...

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