Uganda Cranes new coach replacing the acting coach Moses Basena has arrived in the country to meet the national team for the first time.
The Frenchman is expected to be officially unveiled before the media at FUFA House later on Thursday before embarking on his first training session with the CHAN 2018 bound team at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
Upon his arrival, he said: "I am happy to be in Uganda to coach Uganda Cranes. I am ready for the challenge to make millions of Ugandans happy."
Uganda will be his first national team to coach in life but he has a wealth of experience with club football in France and Africa.
He started coaching duties with French side ESC Rocheville as assistant and later head coach between 2004 and 2010.
In Africa, he has coached at ASEC Mimosas (Cote D’Ivoire), Coton Sport Garoua (Cameroon), ES Tunis (Tunisia), Clube Recreativo Desportivo Libolo (Angola), Dubai Club (United Arab Emirates4), JS Saoura (Algeria), Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco) and lately Ismaily in Egypt.
The immediate duty with Uganda Cranes will be to assemble and prepare a formidable team for the 2018 CHAN Championship in Morocco where Uganda Cranes is pooled in Group B alongside Zambia, Cote D’Ivoire and Namibia.
He joins the long list of foreign coaches to have handled the Uganda Cranes. Some of the other non Ugandans include; Burkhard Pape, Westerhoff Otto, Harrison Okagbue, Pedro Pasculi, Mohammood Abbas, Laszlo Csaba, Robert ‘Bobby’ Williamson and lately Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic.
Uganda Cranes Coaches since 1969
- Burkhard Pape – 1969-1972
- David Otti – 1973-1974
- Westerhoff Otto – 1974-1975
- Peter Okee – 1976-1981, 1983
- Bidandi Ssali- 1982
- George Mukasa – 1984-1985
- Barnabas Mwesigwa – 1986-1988
- Robert Kiberu – 1988-1989
- Polly Ouma – 1989-1995
- Timothy Ayieko – 1995-1996
- Asuman Lubowa – 1996-1999
- Paul Hasule – 1999
- Harrison Okagbue 1999-2001
- Paul Hasule- 2001-2003
- Pedro Pasculi – 2003
- Leo Adraa – 2003-2004
- Mike Mutebi – 2004
- Mohammood Abbas – 2004-2006
- Laszlo Csaba- 2006-2008
- Bobby William- 2008-2013
- Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic – 2013-2017
- Moses Basena –August 2017 – 27th December 2017
- Sébastien Desabre – 28th December 2017 – 28th December 2020