Belgium’s Paul Put has been appointed as the new head coach of the Uganda Cranes on a two-year contract with the possibility of renewal.
He was introduced at the Federation of Uganda Football Associations offices in Mengo on Thursday morning. Although Put doesn’t have a significant football playing career, he has extensive coaching experience in various countries.
He began his coaching journey in Belgium but faced a three-year ban from the Royal Belgian Football Association due to his alleged involvement in the Ye Zheyun match-fixing scandal.
He has notably managed both club side USM Alger and five national teams, including Kenya, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Congo, and Guinea.
Notably, Put led Burkina Faso to the 2013 AFCON finals, where they lost to Nigeria. The 65-year-old coach takes over from Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, who was dismissed following an unsuccessful AFCON qualification campaign in a group that featured Algeria, Tanzania, and Niger, with Uganda finishing in 3rd place.
Morley Byekwaso briefly took charge of the team on an interim basis, overseeing two losses in recent international friendly matches against Mali and Zambia.
Uganda is set to return to action this month in the World Cup qualifiers, facing Guinea and Somalia on the 17th and 21st, respectively, in away fixtures.