Saintfiet eyes Uganda Cranes job
The position was deemed vacant following the sacking of Scotsman Robert ‘Bobby’ Williamson on April 8 by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA). “I have followed the Ugandan game for years. It is one of the most exciting teams in the region and the players have so much potential,” Saintfiet explained.
“When I was coaching Ethiopia, I saw them play during the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, and when I was coach of Yanga SC in Tanzania, I had one of their players in my team, who was really good. Together with him, we played and won the Cecafa Club Championship Cup last year.”
The 40-year old Saintfiet who was for two-and-a-half years Namibia coach believes he has what it takes to lead the Cranes to unlikely glory. He quit his job as Yemen Coach last month after reported misunderstandings with the Yemen FA.
Saintfiet took up the Yemen post after his earlier appointment as Nigeria Football Association technical director was terminated earlier in 2012 barely three months into his appointment.
“My representative has spoken to the Uganda FA leadership, and I shall be seeking an appointment to see the FA President very soon, as I believe that we share a common vision – to see Uganda in Brazil in 2014, and in Morocco for the AFCON the very next year,” he said. Saintfiet, who has also coached Tanzania giants Young Afrcans, holds a UEFA Pro Licence, and has 17 years coaching experience despite his relative young age.
When contacted about Saintfiet’s application, the FA’s Head of Communication, Rogers Mulindwa was elusive and simply said they cannot comment at this moment.
Zambia’s Coach Herve Renard and ex-Italian midfielder Guiseppe Dossena are reportedly other targets for the Ugandan FA as they seek a Coach who can take the team to the next level.