Ssimbwa: Cranes Technical Bench Must Be Changed

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In short
Former Uganda Cranes winger Sam Ssimbwa says the Uganda Cranes technical team should be changed. This comes just hours after the Cranes fell to Zambia 8-9 on penalties, a result that condemns Uganda to another period of waiting before they appear at the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time in 34 years.

Former Uganda Cranes winger Sam Ssimbwa says the Uganda Cranes technical team should be changed.
 
This comes just hours after the Cranes fell to Zambia 8-9 on penalties, a result that condemns Uganda to another period of waiting before they appear at the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time in 34 years.
 
Uganda won the game 1-0 to level 1-1 with the Chipolopolo after the first leg in Zambia ended 1-0 for the home team.
 
Ssimbwa, who last season coached Express FC to its first league title in 16 years, says that after three failed attempts to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, the Cranes technical team led by Coach Bobby Williamson should all be pushed aside.

The former assistant Cranes coach under Laszlo Csaba and Williamson himself said after watching the Cranes go down 8-9 to Chipolopolo of Zambia at Namboole on Saturday that changes need to be made because one cannot be unlucky all the time.

He said other coaches quit after such failed attempts together with their technical benches.

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Ssimbwa won several Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) trophies with the Cranes and is now assistant coach of League side Sports Club Victoria University.

Williamson, who has won three regional Cecafa trophies with the Cranes, joined the team in July 2008, taking over from Csaba who moved to Scottish side Hearts. Williamson joined the 2009 African Cup of Nations campaign midway and the team failed to qualify. In the 2012 campaign he came so close but came short when the team failed to beat Kenya in Namboole. Another campaign has now fallen flat after going down to the African champions.

Ssimbwa who has also won league titles with Atraco in Rwanda and Sofapaka in Kenya, said in coaching there is luck sometimes and minus that you simply quit or get fired.

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