First, he was
assigned to handle the team that featured in the invitational COSAFA tournament
as the senior team was away with then Coach Sebastien Desabre preparing for
And in just two
weeks, Abdallah Mubiru assembled a team of local based players that impressed
in South Africa despite drawing all two games before losing in penalties.
On return, he
said it was an important tournament that did prepare the team for Chan 2020
important aspect from this is that we now have a team to compete favourably in
Chan qualifiers,” said Mubiru then.
Little did he
know that he would be the man to take the team through the qualification
But when Desabre
quit after the Afcon, FUFA assigned Mubiru along with Livingstone Mbabazi,
Saddiq Wassa and team manager Geoffrey Massa to take over as interim staff as
the search for a new coach began.
This was another
chance for Mubiru and colleagues to showcase their abilities but this time in
qualified for the previous four Chan editions so there was no excuse if the
interim staff failed on the mission.
They did an
excellent a job not only guiding the team to qualification but they did so in
style winning all four games (home and away), scoring 15 goals and conceding
In between, they
did manage the senior team in an international friendly away to Kenya and they
picked a respectful draw against a full squad of Harambee Stars.
In short, Mubiru
has managed 7 games (inclusive of the two in Cosafa) and lost none.
The mantle is
now handed to Jonathan McKinstry who was in the stands as Uganda pummelled
Burundi at Lugogo after he honourably let Mubiru and staff finish off the job they
brief of Cranes Results under Mubiru
0-0 Uganda – Cosafa
Africa 1-1 Uganda – Cosafa (Daniel Sserunkuma)
1-3 Uganda – Chan (Patrick Kaddu,
Taddeo Lwanga and Mustafa Kizza)
- Uganda 4-1 Somalia – Chan (Patrick Kaddu
X3, Allan Kyambadde)
1-1 Uganda – International Friendly (Emmanuel Okwi)
0-3 Uganda – Chan (Viane Ssekajugo,
Muzamiru Mutyaba, Mustafa Kizza)
- Uganda 3-0 Burundi – Chan (Fahad Bayo,
Viane Ssekajugo and Allan Okello)
Played 7, Won 4,
Drawn 3, Lost 0, Goals For 15, Goals Against 4
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