Denis Onyango prefers a foreign coach over a local coach for Uganda job

Denis Onyango prefers a foreign coach over a local coach for Uganda job
Denis Onyango

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 16:30

Uganda skipper Denis Onyango says he believes foreign coaches are perfectly suited to lead the Cranes national team instead of local-based mentors.

The South African-based goalkeeper with Mamelodi Sundowns has made it clear that he does not feel local coaches are ready to take charge of the national team as the Federation of Uganda Football Associations are searching for a new coach.

FUFA is set to name a new coach on November 15 with interim coach Moses Basena among the applicants vying to get the job.


"Although we need to start trusting our local coaches despite their weaknesses, they need to step up and stand their ground on certain things," Onyango told BBC Sport.

"I don't see in Uganda local coaches who can take decisions and own them.

"Due to the nature of the players we have, there is certain kind of football that we cannot play and so we shouldn't bring in a coach who will have to start from scratch to learn the African style and approach.

"It is very important for us to return to the the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 and that has got to do with the kind of coach who will be appointed, we could easily fail if we have a coach who cannot fit well with our style."

The 32-year-old the current African Player of the Year based on the continent, added that someone with experience in Africa and who speaks English is a perfect candidate.

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