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Williamson open to Uganda Cranes return

By Shafic Kiyaga
Former Uganda Cranes coach Bobby Williamson | Courtesy photo

Former Uganda Cranes head coach Bobby Williamson has admitted that he is open to the idea of managing the Cranes for a second spell.

Williamson has been out of active coaching since 2017 as he battled nasal cancer, but the Scottish coach is keen to a return to management, and Uganda is one place he ‘would love’ to return to.

 The former Hibernian and Kilmarnock coach was at the helm of the national team between 2008 and 2013, winning four CECAFA trophies in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

However, he departed Kampala under a cloud after twice coming close to securing qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations, but falling in both 2012 and 2013.

The Cranes are currently under Johnathan McKinstry who has come under a bit of scrutiny recently following a couple of bad results.

FUFA President Moses Magogo also fuelled talk of an exit for the Irishman by suggesting that the federation ‘was undertaking an evaluation of his job’.

However, while Williamson claims he does not want to put any pressure on McKinstry’s job, he feels he still has unfinished business in Uganda.

“I don’t like talking publicly about a position that is already occupied,” Williamson told Football256, before adding; “But yes, it is true. If the position was available, I would love to come back.”

“To be honest, I think I had developed some good young players but never got the chance to finish the job.”   

“The fans were so fantastic, so passionate, so encouraging towards the players. I had never experienced an atmosphere like the one at Namboole, there is nowhere close to it,” he added.

The 59-year-old was sacked as Cranes coach in April 2013 following a defeat to Liberia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, with FUFA saying they needed to make ‘technical changes’.

Williamson re-applied for the Cranes job in 2017 following the departure of his replacement Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, and while he was considered a strong candidate, he had to withdraw his application after he developed cancer.

“I applied (for the job) way back, unfortunately, I developed cancer and had to withdraw my application,” he disclosed.

Williamson added that he holds the deepest respect for FUFA and continues to have a positive relationship with the federation he credited for the professional way they handled his departure in 2013.

“I spoke to Lawrence (Mulindwa, FUFA president then) after I had left,” he said, adding; “To be honest, he handled my situation very professionally we agreed on a settlement which was not even in my contract.”

“I didn’t want the full amount as I had earned just enough to see me into my next job which it did.”

“Unlike other managers, I’m sure your aware I never bad mouthed FUFA when I left and I can only respect the people I worked with,” he continued.

While Williamson’s tenure with the Cranes will forever be attached to the two qualifiers at Namboole against Kenya in 2012 and Zambia in 2013, he opines that the situation back then could not afford for better performance.

“When I first took over, we had a good experience in the squad but a few players were near to retirement and we had to bring in young players who actually went on to have long national careers like Godfrey Walusimbi and Emmanuel Okwi.”

“We only lost one game at Namboole to Zambia who were holders of the AFCON at the time and on penalties. Away from home, it was difficult with travel arrangements not the best,” he explained.

“If I got the opportunity, I would want to bring through local young prospects and help develop them but still my project would not ignore the players who have developed and grown outside Uganda.”

“But I must point out that this is all hypothetical at the moment as the job is not available,” he stressed.

Williamson who now lives in Kenya also had a spell managing Kenya top division side Gor Mahia, guiding the club to one Kenya Premier League title.

He left Gor Mahia to handle Kenya’s Harambee Stars in 2014 but was unfairly dismissed in 2016.

He filed a case to court for breach of contract by the Kenya Football Federation and won the case for which he was to receive compensation worth KSHS 55 million (approx. UGX 1.95 billion).

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