Paul Put Joseph is the new Uganda Cranes coach. FUFA unveiled the Belgian as Micho Sredojevic’s permanent replacement at the FA’s headquarters in Mengo on Thursday.

The 67-year-old has joined on a two-year renewable contract, with the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification matches this month his immediate assignment.

FUFA President Moses Magogo, in the company of FUFA CEO Edgar Watson, unveiled Put.

“FUFA rolled out an application process and we got over 150 coaches including two Ugandans who applied for the job,” said Magogo.

“After thorough analysis, the FUFA Executive zeroed down on Mr. Put Paul Joseph who we believe he will do a good job.”

Magogo said that unlike the previous times when the Federation appointed the backroom staff, this time, the coach has been given the green light to appoint his technical staff.

“This time, we have allowed the coach to appoint his own backroom staff and he is already coming with five other people from Belgium.

“However, there will be Ugandans who will work as part of the backroom staff in the areas of medical, coaching and management.”

In his remarks, Paul Put said he is ready for the task ahead. “I first of all want to thank FUFA for the trust and confidence in giving me this job.” he said.

“I believe my knowledge about African football will help me to do a good job with the Uganda Cranes.

“I have been following the Uganda Cranes especially the recent AFCON Qualifier match against Niger and the two friendly games against Mali and Zambia. Give me time, give me the confidence. You will see a different national team.”

The 67-year-old has been the head coach of several national teams in Africa including Guinea, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Kenya and Congo.

In 2013, Put guided Burkina Faso to the final of Africa Cup of Nations but lost to Nigeria. On top of the Ugandans that will join his team, Put arrives with Sven De Wilde (performance manager), Mathieu Denis (physical fitness coach), Gery Osste (goalkeeping coach), Martin Michiel (physiotherapist) and Jelle Sevenhant (video analyst)

The Ugandan personnel will be communicated later, according to FUFA, and shall report to camp as and when international engagements are lined up.

Put’s first task with Uganda Cranes will come this month when Uganda face Guinea and Somalia in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

 

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