Who Is The New Uganda Cranes Head Coach Sébastien Desabre?

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) yesterday officially unveiled Sébastien Desabre as new Uganda Cranes head coach on3-year tenure at the FUFA Head quarters in Mengo and will earn a whooping UGX.90 Million per month. The French tactician went straight away to work as he visited the Cranes Camp preparing for CHAN 2018 in Namboole.

The 41-year old jetted in the country afternoon and immediately headed to FUFA headquarters for the unveiling where a big number of journalists and football fans had joined the FUFA officials for the unveiling ceremony.

Sébastien Desabre being unveiled yesterday at FUFA house


Edgar Watson the FUFA Chief Executive Officer who conducted the ceremony on behalf of the officials, warmly welcomed the new coach to the team and Uganda at large;

“We welcome our new coach Mr Sebastien Desabre from France. This is Uganda and please you are warmly welcome. The process to select the national team coach was successful with 93 applicants, 5 of whom were Ugandans. Government was fully involved in the entire process. Desabre will supervise all the national development teams (U-23, U-20 and U-17) because FUFA’s philosophy is to build football from the grass-roots” Said Watson.

Desabre who looked lively and ready for the challenge ahead said Uganda has talent and it will be easy for him to work with the national team;

The coach addresses the nation as he promises to do great things with the team.

“I am very happy to be in Uganda. I am more than ready to serve Uganda Cranes. I am ready to serve the interests of football in Uganda. My good experience in Africa will be very vital” He said.  


FUFA also unveiled the rest of the technical and administrative team that will be working where Mathias Lule will be the immediate assistant coach and Fred Kajoba (Goalkeeping coach) while Ahmed Hussein will be the media officer.

OTHERS are, Joseph Kasana CHAN 2018 team coordinator and Patrick Ntege the national teams’ manager with Doctors Ronald Kisolo and Ivan Ssewanyana maintained as the team doctor and physio respectively.


Sébastien Desabre was born on 2 August 1976 in Valencia France the young coach started his career as player before kick-starting his coaching as assistant coach at French side ESC Rocheville in 2004. He replaced Milutin Sredojevic (‘Micho’), from Serbia, who left in July 2017 after the federation failed to pay his salary arrears to go and coach the Orlando Pirates Footbal Club, in South Africa.

Despare (L) in one of his previous jobs discussing tactics with his assistant.

Desabre’s rich career has seen him travel to many places across the content with his most recent assignment being head coach of Ismaily football club in the Egyptian Premier League which he left top of the log. His other past coaching assignments include, ASEC Mimosas in Ivory CoastCS Garoua in Cameroon and ES Tunis in Tunisia. He has also coached Clube Recreativo Desportivo Libolo in Angola, Dubai Club in the United Arab Emirates, JS Saoura in Algeria and Wydad Athletic Club in Morocco.2011 – 2012 ASEC MIMOSAS  (Ivory Coast).  


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