December 9, 2021

CHAN 2020: ‘Tossing Kajoba aside was wrong’ – Mwesigwa

By Brian Aheebwa
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Fred Kajoba talks to his goalkeepers during a training session | Alamy Stock photo

Former Uganda Cranes captain Andy Mwesigwa has branded the decision to suspend goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba from the Uganda Cranes camp ahead of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament a ‘wrong one’.

Kajoba, a staunch Christian was indefinitely suspended from camp after he broke COVID-19 restrictions by going outside the camp at Kisaasi to attend mass prayers on Christmas day.

Kajoba has handled Cranes goalkeepers for over a decade now and was part of all four of Uganda’s appearances at the CHAN finals.

And according to Mwesigwa, suspending him was the first ‘big mistake’ made by the Cranes during the build-up to the tournament.

“I think sending away coach Kajoba was a very big mistake administratively,” Mwesigwa told Football256.

“Why do I say so? Because he’s not only a goalkeeper’s coach on the national team, he’s like an assistant coach because he’s a full coach at Vipers.”

“So, when he comes to the national team, as a goalkeeper’s coach, he does provide the extra bit of even assisting the head coach as an assistant coach.”

“His department is defence because goalkeeping is part of defending and to me, sending him away at that last moment also affected us,” the ex-Cranes captain added.

With Kajoba away, he was replaced with Sadiq Wassa who handled goalkeeping duties during the CHAN qualifiers.

Uganda went on to have another disappointing performance at CHAN, crushing out of the group stages with only a single point including conceding five in their final group game against Morocco.

While there was a meeting between Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry, FUFA President Moses Magogo, FUFA CEO Edgar Watson and Kajoba, a final decision is yet to be revealed.

On that note, therefore, we wait to see whether Kajoba will be restored back to his position with preparations for the AFCON and World Cup qualifiers next one the card for McKinstry and his team.

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