Uganda Cranes’ vacant coaching seat has continued to gather interest from a number of several high-profile managers around the world, with the latest attraction expressed by Carlos Dunga.
According to Uganda daily The New Vision, the former Brazil coach is among the list of over 20 candidates to have shown interest in assuming the top job that fell vacant following the exit of Scot Bobby Williamson on Monday.
The others include Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic, who managed Ivory Coast during the 2010 World Cup tournament in South Africa and former Kenya Premier League (KPL) Sofapaka tactician Stewart Hall, who currently handles Tanzania giants Azam FC.
With more applications expected to flock in, soccer governing body Fufa will have to decide whether to consider a low-profile coach that will grow with the team or opt for established figures in the mould of Dunga.
Dunga is still the head coach at Brazilian club Internacional but the mouth-watering opportunity of managing a national team -as promising as Cranes -is one that he might have found tempting.
Dunga managed Brazil between 2006 and 2010. He succeeded Carlos Alberto Parreira after the 2006 World Cup and won the Copa America one year later, followed by the Confederations Cup in 2009.
Under his leadership, Brazil developed a physical, counter-attacking-based game which was unpopular with many fans and their World Cup campaign ended with a 2-1 quarter-final defeat by the Netherlands.
As a player, Dunga was a feisty, defensive midfielder with a spiky hair cut through his club career stints at Corinthians, Vasco da Gama and Santos (Brazil) Pisa, Fiorentina and Pescara (Italy) and Stuttgart in Germany and Japan’s Jubilo Iwata.
Dunga captained Brazil to the World Cup title in 1994 and inspired them to second place four years later in France.
Other coaches who have sent applications for the job include Guiseppe Dossena (Italy), Kavazovic Nikola (Serbian), Tom Saintfiet (Belgian), Raoul Savoy (Spain), Tomislav Obradovic (Croatia), Momcilo Medic (Serbia) and Vahid Halilhodzic (Algeria).