In a much-anticipated move, the Ugandan national football team, the Uganda Cranes, has welcomed Belgian football manager Paul Put as their new head coach. This appointment comes on the heels of the removal of Serbian coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, who was relieved of his duties after a lackluster 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualification campaign.
Paul Put, a 67-year-old coaching veteran, steps into the role just days before the Uganda Cranes commence their 2025 World Cup Qualifiers this month, kicking off with challenging back-to-back away games against Guinea and Somalia on November 17 and 21, respectively, with both matches being held in Morocco.
The decision to appoint Paul Put is a significant step forward for the Uganda Cranes, as they seek to breathe new life into the team’s performance following their recent struggles.
Paul Put will be joined by a mix of Belgian and local coaches in his backroom staff. His extensive coaching career spans various continents, with notable experience in managing several African national teams.
His resume includes successful stints with national teams such as Burkina Faso, Gambia, and Kenya, reflecting his ability to navigate the diverse landscapes of African football. A standout achievement was guiding Burkina Faso to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013, a testament to his expertise in coaching African teams.
Paul Put’s coaching philosophy emphasizes a blend of tactical acumen, player development, and a strong emphasis on teamwork. His wealth of experience and track record in African football have fostered optimism within the Ugandan football community regarding the positive impact he can bring to the national team.
However, he joins the Uganda Cranes during a challenging period. The team is currently grappling with poor performance, and Paul Put will require time to acclimate to the dynamics of the squad, strategize effectively to maximize players’ strengths, and address any weaknesses that have been apparent in the team’s recent showings. The Ugandan footballing faithful are keeping their fingers crossed for a brighter future under Put’s guidance.