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Paul Put in Cranes Head Coach role


Belgian technician Paul Put has been appointed as the new Uganda Cranes Head Coach.

This was confirmed on Thursday morning by the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) during a press conference addressed at FUFA House in Mengo.

Put replaces Milutin Sredojevic ‘Micho’ who was relieved of his duties following Cranes unsuccessful AFCON 2023 campaign.

The Belgian joins Uganda on a two-year employment contract and his immediate task will be to guide the Cranes past Guinea and Somalia in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers this month in Morocco.

This is the sixth job Put is taking in Africa after having previously coached the Gambian National team(2008–2011), Congo (2021), Guinea( 2018–2019), Kenya (2017–2018) and Burkina Faso (2012–2015). 

During his time with Burkina Faso, the 67-year old led them to the second place at 2013 AFCON finals in South Africa.

Put is currently placed on a life ban by the Guinea Football Federation (Feguifoot) for allegedly breaching the institution’s code of ethics and its code of discipline in 2019, which was followed up by his sacking.

He left Congo earlier this year after having fallen out with a section of Congo-Brazzaville officials due to reoccurring administrative problems in the national team setup which led to him recording only two wins in 14 matches under his watch.

Jordan (2015–2016), USM Alger (2016–2017), Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard (2018) and Saif SC (2020–2021) are the other sides Put has managed in his long coaching career.

According to the FUFA President Moses Magogo, Put will appoint his own backroom staff which will include several Ugandans and five other people from Belgium.

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