Uganda sack coach Bobby Williamson

The Scot, who took the reins in August 2008 from Hungarian Laszlo Czaba, has paid the price for failing to guide Cranes, through various campaigns for Africa’s top showpieces

By Staff

Uganda Cranes coach Bobby Williamson has been relieved of his duties as the coach of the national football team, the Cranes. 

According to Uganda's daily The New Vision, Williamson who took the reins in August 2008 from Hungarian Laszlo Czaba in the middle of the Nations cup qualification campaign, has paid the price for failing to guide Uganda through various qualification campaigns for Africa’s top soccer showpiece. 

The Scot had come under increasing pressure after failing to qualify for Afcon 2013 at the expense of defending champions Zambia and last month’s crushing defeat away to Liberia which left the Cranes with an uphill task to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Fufa spokesman Rogers Mulindwa made the dramatic announcement during the weekly press briefing at the federation’s headquarters in Mengo on Monday.

“The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) hereby informs the general public that a notice of termination of contract has this Monday 8th April 2013 been given to the Cranes head Coach Mr. Roberts ‘Bobby’ Williamson,” read the statement from the governing body.

“The Emergency Committee of Fufa sitting today (Monday) took the decision of notice in compliance with the contract of employment and other relevant labour laws.”

Mulindwa, however, remained tight-lipped on when Williamson’s successor would be named or who it would be when fielding questions from the media.

“The technical committee will sit in due time to decide who will take over,” was all Mulindwa said before ending what was a very brief press conference.

Despite failing to deliver Uganda to the promised land of Afcon qualification, Williamson departs having won the Cecafa Cup four times, a record for a coach, in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.