The government through the Ministry of Education and Sports is expected to make the final decision on who will be the next Uganda Cranes coach.
An internal source intimates that the Ministry will pick a name from the three shortlisted while considering salary needs and available resources.
Recently, the minister for sports, Charles Bakkabulundi said the government would not be interested in an expensive coach.
The three foreign coaches shortlisted include Northern Irishman Johnny McKinstry who guided Rwanda to the quarter finals of the 2016 Africa Nations Championship.
” FUFA has forwarded a shortlist of 4 coaches to Government from which the next Uganda Cranes coach will be named. The names were presented to the FUFA Executive after the 5-man Technical Panel assessed the CVs of the applicants for the job,” the football body said in a statement.
According to the FUFA 41-year old Frenchman Desabre Sebastien, McKinstry (32-years), Emilio Ferrera (Belgian, 50 years) and Basena (52 years) were shortlisted. But the source said the recommendation is that Basena should be the assistant coach working with one of the foreign tacticians.
State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi confirmed they have received the communication and names of the shortlisted coaches. “We shall go through the details and come out with our position.”
Former Zambian FA President, Kalusha Bwalya was head of the vetting committee that interviewed the coaches. Over 90 applicants who applied for the job included; well traveled Claude Le Roy, Belgian national Lucy Eymael, Portuguese born Joao Miguel De Castro Ferreira and former Uganda Cranes coach Bobby Williamson.
Uganda is expected to name a new coach ahead of the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) to take place in Morocco. The Cranes are pooled alongside Zambia, Namibia and Cote d’Ivoire in Group B that will be based in Marrakech.