Bobby Williamson: African teams don’t win away from home.


Dear Bobby,

When you addressed sports journalists this week, among the points you gave was ‘’African teams don’t win away from home.’’ I would like to say that the reason why a national team would leave local coached for a foreign coach is to improve from not winning away from home to winning away from home.

There are many coaches like the late Paul Hasule who worked very hard to get Uganda Cranes to the African Nations Cup, a competition where we last participated in 1978. Now Ugandans must be a patience people, but I think I will give my opinion on the matter.

My friend Bobby, it is disrespecting for you to tell us that you went to Monrovia – Liberia well knowing that we couldn’t win and it is amazing to know what kind of inspiration you do impart to our national players. It is time for you to be considering telling us your plans after being defeated by Kenya and Zambia at home, where you think that we can easily win but we didn’t things were normal in your perspective.

It is such unprofessional for a man like you to say that Uganda or any African team cannot win from home so why have we even failed to qualify from home since you are sure that we can easily win from home.

Just like a visitor who has overstayed their welcome, your statements are rather disappointing, annoying and unfortunate for the football fans in Uganda. Recently I thought that when I wrote that it is time that we start from a fresh page, people would understand what I meant, but the truth is you were in the equation yourself I have been following you since the day you started working as the Uganda Cranes coach. I think that you don’t have the powers of a coach who would be in charge of spotting the players and summoning them for national duty. And indeed this is where we want to be heading as a country we want to start afresh with a coach who will grow football in Uganda.

My friend Bobby, I think it is time you accept that the mission that brought you here will never come to pass and for your information whatever you have won, we won all of them with the local coaches so I don’t actually see much of your success for our national team.

I know you have worked in a difficult environment of men that are about getting the money rather than growing the sport but still as a coach, you have presided over personal wars from the federation to the national teams and that has broken the spirit of many of our players hence voluntarily leaving the national team.

Bobby, it is time for you to pack and go home or find another place to offer your services.


Shawn Mubiru.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Mable says:

    What is he still doing here in Uganda for us we are tired of him some time back he is even supposed to be in Scotland where he came from Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Williamson go and leave our team


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