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Kalusha Bwalya to vet coaches for Uganda job

Sports Kalusha Bwalya to vet coaches for Uganda job

Ex-FAZ President Kalusha Bwalya
Ex-FAZ President Kalusha Bwalya
The BBC Sports reprots that Uganda’s football federation (Fufa) has turned to Zambian football legend Kalusha Bwalya for help in finding a new national coach for the Cranes.

Bwalya, who was crowned African Footballer of the Year in 1988, will lead Fufa’s five-man panel to select a coach to replace Serbian Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.

Fufa stated that applications for the job will be open from 23-29 October prior to the new coach being unveiled on 15 November.

“Bwalya is one unique football person in African and the world,” said Fufa CEO Edgar Watson.

“He has headed a Caf (Confederation of African Football) technical committee, is a legendary football player, has been a coach of a national team, has been a president of a federation – and he is neutral in terms of the Ugandan set-up.”

“He is everything in terms of technical experience.”

Bwalya, who guided Zambia’s shock 2012 Africa Cup of Nations title as president of his country’s FA, is also an Executive Committee member of African football’s ruling body Caf.

After becoming one of the first Africans to succeed in Europe, following successful spells with Cercle Brugge in Belgium and Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, Bwalya played in Mexico for several years before returning to manage Zambia between 2003-2006.

Watson added that Bwalya will be supported on the panel by a member of the National Council of Sports, coach Stone Kyambadde, FA technical director Asuman Lubowa and the Fufa CEO himself.

Earlier this year, Uganda played at the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since the 1978 finals.

However, the man who guided them there – Micho – left the role in August after Fufa failed to clear outstanding salary arrears of around US$50,000.

Moses Basena has worked as interim coach since and led Uganda to January’s Africa Nations Championship (CHAN).
Micho’s former assistant Basena also guided the team to a 1-0 win over Egypt, a 0-0 draw against Ghana and a 1-0 defeat in Egypt in 2018 World Cup qualifying.

BBC Sport, Kampala

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    • Hate him or not Kalu is a fast thinker. He will not suffer like other footballers and administrators. He is the one who commercialized football in Zambia no doubt about this. His predecessors did nothing for soccer players of kalu’s generation if you compares them to Chris katongo’s generation which kalu presided over. Unfortunately Kamanga is also mean (no wonder he is UPND). How much did the U20 boys get after korea? Unlike others, Kalu knows that soccer is a career and it should pay handsomely.

    • What an honor bestowed on our own man for his contribution in football. Congratulations Kalu! We Pray that God will guide you to find a right person who will not buy the position BUT qualify for the job.

  1. Wrong chap for the job! He will do something when he has gotten something under the table. Zambian players who are plying oversees know the way the man does business. The reason the current FAZ management have with him in the main, are his shady deals.

  2. hate him or love kalu is one of a kind and i for one wont speculate or judge him because the only thing i know is the glory he has brought for zambia and how do i know this i watched on tv,as for other things he gets blamed for i have no clue.

  3. Indeed ONE CANNOT BE HONORED IN HIS LAND,,,GO FOR IT GREAT KALU ENGAGE A GOOD COACH THAT WILL SEE THE CRANSE HUMILIATE CHIPOLOPOLO , INFACT BE A TECHNICAL ADVISER TO FUFA ZAMBIANS DONT APPRECIATE, FINALLY I FOR ONE WILL CAMPAIGN FOR YOUR PRESIDENCY IN 2021 LETS MAKE IT IF GEORGE WEAH DID IT WHY NOT US, U ARE EVEN MUCH SMARTER THAN GEORGE

  4. Congrats Kalu! Most retired African football stars end up in obscurity. He’s one of the few that have managed to mantain a good reputation and remain marketable. Love him or hate him, but you better wish him luck!

  5. Well done Great Kalu, for some of us who have a memory you will always be great Kalu. You did wonders for this country. We travel around the world and we still hear your name pop up each time somebody realises you are from Zambia

  6. Inganda ushikalamo bai kubwa umtenge. Ka biye wikalemu, ubshiku bumo wabutuka. That’s Kalu and Uganda.

    • Good news indeed for him as he will prolong this vetting process for those sleepy Ugandas and also he recommend his wifes company for everythin!!

  7. Flying Our Zambian Flag..

    Kalusha Bwalya a great African Man!

    And big Up Ugandan for recognising brilliant Zambian talent..

  8. Happy for you Kalu. You could have made blunders here and there and that is the nature of man. People are remembered for most things that they have done in their lives. If you wronged people most of you life they shall remember you for that. As it is, your contribution to soccer and sport in general is now being recognized. Be blessed Kalu and worry not about the insults because some have loose jaws which open and close before they think.

  9. Keep in mind he’s the first FAZ executive to guide the national team to an AFCON trophy. He should come back and take over FAZ.

  10. Thank God George Weah is not Zambian! HaJayJay and company could have “stoned” him! Of course not if he was from Pemba!

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