Uganda FA appoint Bernard Ogwel to help search for new national coach

Uganda FA appoint Bernard Ogwel to help search for new national coach
Godfrey Walusimbi of Uganda evades challenge from Mahmoud Hassan of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Egypt and Uganda at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 21 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 16:30

The Federation of Ugandan Football Associations have roped in Dr. Bernard Ogwel to represent the National Council of Sport on the five-man panel set to vet the next Uganda coach.

Although the move will not come as a surprise to many in the sports fraternity, Ogwel believes his experience in Ugandan football justifies the appointment.

The Kampala International University lecturer has featured prominently in FUFA administration for years before recently crossing over to NCS as the assistant general secretary in charge of administration.

“I was not surprised at all by my appointment. My seniority and experience in Ugandan football must have played a big part in my nomination,” Ogwel told Daily Monitor.

“Apart from my high level educational background (has a doctorate), I’m a qualified coach, I played in the top league with Kamba FC (Lira) and I handled super league matches as a professional referee.”

Ogwel joins Zambian legend Kalusha Bwalya (CAF and FIFA member), Edgar Watson (FUFA CEO), Asuman Lubowa (FUFA Technical Committee) and Livingstone Kyambadde (Uganda Coaches Association) in the panel to search for the new coach.

Although FUFA indicated that they will announce the new coach on November 15, FUFA publicist Ahmed Hussein said Watson and Bwalya have been engaged in a CAF technical and development conference in Cairo this week.

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