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CAF blames Williamson for CHAN poor show

[Posted 20 Feb 2011]
[By Charles Malingha]
CAF blames Williamson for CHAN poor show

Caf Director of Football Development Division Hussien Abdel Moneim has blamed Uganda Cranes’ poor show at the African Nations Championship (Chan) on Cranes Coach Bobby Williamson. The Cranes lost all three group A matches, scoring only one goal.

"The coach should act like a father to the players and advise them when to make professional moves. What is the coach’s influence on the team? Not only assessing stamina and skills, but he must be the leader and players’ advisor," Moneim said.

 "He should have told players the importance of this tournament. It is widely viewed and scouts are on look out for best players," Moneim added.

The Caf official was clearly stunned by Uganda’s display.

"It was sad to see Cranes stumble out after what they achieved in Cairo during the Nile Basin Tournament where they came second to Egypt. All of us were excited after what we thought were good preparations in Cairo," the CAF official said. 

Commenting further on Cranes, Moneim - known as ’Shatta’ during his 12-year playing career with Egyptian giant side Al Ahly - hinted at a lack of quality in key areas.

"The team were unlucky to play hosts (Sudan) after losing to Algeria. They played well but did not have good players to score goals.

"Against Algeria, the team did not have the means to attack when they went behind after 18 minutes. And when they opened up, they let in the second goal.

"The two red cards against Algeria were as a result of players being naive. Players need to have discipline. They need to know how to play in hostile crowds. They will perhaps learn as they play in more tournaments," said Moneim.

Moneim is advising Fufa to use the Shs234m ($100,000) grant from Caf to develop more coaches, doctors and referees.

 "They should make good use of Caf whenever they have problems Caf is there for all the 53 member associations," he advised.

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