Uganda Police FC head coach Abdallah Mubiru has been appointed the interim manager and will handle the Uganda Cranes team at the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers while Fufa continues its hunt for a permanent head coach.
Mubiru will be assisted by Onduparaka head coach Charles Livingstone Mbabazi as his assistant, former Cranes skipper Geoffrey Massa will be the team manager and Sadiq Wasswa will be the goalkeeping coach. This was confirmed by Fufa President Eng. Moses Magogo in the press conference at Fufa House in Mengo.
Uganda Cranes will play Somalia in the first round of qualifiers in a two-legged contest.
The first leg will be played between 26th to 28th July 2019 in Mogadishu with the second leg happening between 2nd-4th August 2019 in Kampala.
The aggregate winner over the two legs will face the winner between Burundi and South Sudan in the second round.
The CHAN tournament is designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.
Uganda Cranes are seeking for their fifth appearance at the 16-team tournament, having played at four CHAN champions in 2011 (Sudan), 2014 (South Africa), 2016 (Rwanda) and lately 2018 (Morocco).
Mubiru and his staff handled the team that consisted of mainly locally based players at the 2019 Cosafa tournament in South Africa where they played two games, losing both in penalty shootouts.
The CHAN tournament will be hosted between January and February 2020 in Cameroon. It is held after every two years.
CHAN 2020 Qualifiers (First Round)
Uganda Cranes Vs Somalia
1st Leg: 26th – 28th July 2019 – Mogadishu
2nd Leg: 2nd – 4th August 2019 – Kampala