The Uganda Cranes have qualified for five straight African Nations Championships (CHAN) finals previously with four different coaches, two of those have been foreign, the other natives.
Scottish Bobby Williamson and Serbian Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic (twice) together with Ugandans Moses Basena and Abdallah Mubiru have delivered the good in the past
Under the guidance of Williamson, Uganda qualified for their maiden CHAN finals in 2011, Sudan were the host.
The Scottish was sacked in 2013, and his successor Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic took Uganda to two straight CHAN finals, South Africa and Rwanda in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
In 2017, the Serbian left his job midway through the 2018 qualifiers, Basena was named interim head coach and he became the first native to guide Uganda the CHAN finals, that edition was hosted by Morocco.
However, Sebastien Desabre was later appointed and took charge of the Cranes at the competition.
The Frenchman quit his job after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and another local coach in Mubiru was handed the opportunity, also on an interim basis.
But just like Basena in 2018, Mubiru also did not take charge of the team at the final tournament in 2020 despite seeing them through the qualifiers.
Irishman Johnathan Mckinstry was appointed as head coach and Mubiru his deputy ahead of the finals in Cameroon.
Uganda is looking forward to making it to six consecutive CHAN finals and they will face Tanzania in Dar es Salaam on August 28 before the return leg in Kampala on September 3.
When Uganda qualified in 2014 and 2016 under Micho, they defeated Tanzania in the final qualification round and preliminary round respectively.
The winner on aggregate over two legs will qualify for the 2023 CHAN finals that will be staged in Algeria next January.