Uganda Cranes has finally announced its new head coach, Paul Put, who comes in as a replacement for Milutin Sredojevic aka Micho, who ended his tenure with FUFA in September this year.
The 67-year-old Belgian, who brings a ton of experience and knowledge from his previous roles has been selected as the Uganda Cranes’ head coach to help take the team to new heights after quite an impressive run and a few letdowns while under the lead of Micho.
Over the years, Paul Put has managed a number of African national teams, including the likes of Algeria, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Kenya, and most recently, Congo and has been an important influence on the performance of the teams.
According to FUFA President Moses Magogo, Paul Put was considered as their main choice for the role after a rigorous selection process involving about 250 applicants who had applied for the position. He further added that even though many applied, a few of them met the federation’s standards hence Put emerging as the top choice.
However, with Paul Put now the new coach for UG Cranes, one should not forget that he has had a rocky past, especially in 2016 when he was in charge of Jordan but resigned in January 2016 due to health concerns, a month after a Belgian appeals court handed him a two-year jail term for allowing a Chinese businessman to bribe players when he was coach of Lierse.
Put was one of more than a dozen managers, players, coaches and agents charged in connection with a huge match-fixing scandal dating back to 2004-2006 in his homeland.
Ugandan fans are eager to see what Paul Put has in stock for the team and whether his tactics as a head coach will help improve the team’s performance and prospects as they continue to compete on the international stage more so in the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers where Uganda will face Guinea and Somalia with both games to be played in Morocco.