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Newly appointed Uganda Cranes manager Desabre Sebastien has said his Africa experience will be “vital” on the job.

Desabre, 41, was unveiled as the man to succeed Serbian Milutin “Micho” Ssredojevic on Thursday at FUFA House, Mengo.

The function was attended by among others FUFA’s Chief Executive Officer Edgar Watson, media officer Ahmed Hussein and members of the press.

“I am ready to serve the interest of football in Uganda. My experience in Africa will very vital,” the Frenchman said.

He added: “I have worked for a long time in Africa and I know much of African football. I am ready to serve.”

His Africa journey has seen him manage Cote d’Ivoire’s ASEC Mimosas, Cameroon’s Coton Sport, Esperance du Tunis and African Champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco among others.

Desabre’s resigned as the coach of Egypatian Premier League table toppers Ismaily SC after guiding them against El Raja in 5-0 win Wednesday evening.

He explained the shock decision;

“I have coached the biggest team in Africa and it was my choice to leave Ismaily after leading them to top of the Egyptian Premier League which for me is the best league in Africa but I chose to come here because this is a good project.”

To land the job, Desabre beat competition from former Rwanda coach Johnny McKinstry, Belgian Emilio Ferrera and Ugandan Moses Basena, who was the stand in coach.

Details of his new contract remain confidential; however, grapevine has it that he will be pocketing $25,000 per month.

He will not have time to rest as he will immediately begin preparing Uganda Cranes for the CHAN 2018.

A provisional team of thirty players has already assembled and he will watch them train at Namboole Stadium later today.
“I have watched many Uganda Cranes games, maybe, ten games. I know some players but now I will start working with them,” the coach said.

Desabre will be deputized by Uganda U20 coach Matia Lule.

“It is always very important for me to always have local based assistant and members of the technical staff.”



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