Like all the previous CHAN tournaments, Uganda did not make it out of their group at the ongoing tournament in Cameroon, despite looking favourites to do so, coupled with earlier preparations that included a mini-tournament that the Cranes finished unbeaten.
The 2-1 loss to debutants Togo was just a curtain-raiser, as Uganda erroneously lost to defending champions Morocco 5-2.
This bled a now traditional debate of who between local and international coaches should be in charge of the national team.
While others think whoever is capable should be given the opportunity, the public inclusive of fans and the media on their different platforms think local coaches must be in charge, and the common name is KCCA manager Mike Mutebi.
But the open-minded gaffer doesn’t fancy the job either, with his clear reasons for that.
“I was there before. I was at the national team and what happened in the few months I was boss made me leave the position,” Mutebi mentioned to Football256.
“When I sign as head coach that means being in charge of everything, directing me to summon so and so, drop this and the other wasn’t anywhere in my technical vocabulary,” emphasizes the 2018 FUFA Coach of the Year.
Asked if he can take on the job if appointed now, Mutebi’s principles once again bounce back.
“I cannot,” he said before adding; “I just don’t want. If executive members still tell officials to pick this and the other, that means nothing has changed.”
About if local coaches are ready to handle the pressure that comes with the national team, the former Villa coach is quick to concur.
“Yes, our local coaches are very ready to take on the big stage, the challenge comes in professionalism, but the federation has organized courses and they have embraced them,” he explained.
But currently, football is beyond borders, if you can’t do what’s expected of you as a local coach someone else will do it.
Our coaches are capable but as it is now, they have to learn from Jonathan McKinstry because he is the boss.