The state minister for sports, Charles Bakkabulindi has said the government is ready to take up the role of hiring and paying for a new national football coach.
“We want to be in-charge of hiring the national coach right from advertising through the Public Procurement & Disposal of Public Assets Authority procedures and also discuss the remuneration,” Bakkabulindi told Journalists this morning.
Bakkabulindi made it clear that there was no way they could pay the former Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic when they did not even know the terms and conditions of the contract.
“The Federation has been pushing us to cater for the national coach, but we could not do that because we did not hire the coach as government and did not know the agreement,” he reasoned.
Sredojevic terminated his contract last Friday citing lack of payment of his salary and bonuses of around Shs 230 million by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa).
Bakkabulindi gave an example of Rwanda where the government is involved in the recruitment of the national coach.
But Fufa president, Moses Magogo reasoned that the government cannot hire a national coach because they do not know what kind of coach the national teams need.
“Yes it would be good for the government to come out and decide how much they can pay for the coach and they discuss with him and agree in the initial stage. Hiring a football coach is not like hiring an office assistant,” he added.
In the last 25 years, Fufa has hired six foreign coaches; Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic (2013-2017), Bobby Williamson (2008- 2013), Csaba Laszlo (2006 – 2008), Muhammed Abbas (2004-2006), Pedro Pasculi (2003) and Harrison Okagbue (1999- 2001).