Sadiq Wassa Replaces Fred Kajoba As Cranes Goalkeeping Coach

Legendary Sadiq Wassa has been appointed as the Uganda Cranes goalkeeping coach for the CHAN Tourney.

Wassa replaces Fred Kajoba who was axed on Christmas for breaking Covid19 guidelines when he left camp to attend church, a move that would put players in danger of contracting Covid19.

It is not known whether Wassa’s appointment is permanent but will steer the team, alongside Jonathan Mckinstry, Livingston Mbabazi and Abdallah Mubiru at the CHAN mini tournament.

Wassa, recently a goalkeeping coach at Big League side Maroons FC, Onduparaka and Uganda Kobs (U23) brings experience to the team.

Sadiq Wassa (left) with Jobs goalkeepers in 2018. FUFA

He is considered among the top three goalkeepers – alongside Denis Onyango and Paul Ssali – Uganda has ever produced.

Sadiq notably saved two penalties against Malawi in the final as Uganda won the CECAFA championship in 1989. The team went on to win two more CECAFA championships in 1990 and 1992.

Born to Nasur Dimba and Siama Arabba in Lugazi, He played for three league clubs – SCOUL, NILE and KCCA FC.

At KCCA, he won the 1991 and 1997 Uganda Premier League.

He will look to improve the three goalkeepers Joel Mutakubwa, Nafian Alionzi and Tom Ikara at the CHAN mini tournament due January 1-7 in Cameroon.

It was earlier anticipated that Ibrahim Mugisha, who has worked with Mckinstry in Rwanda, was to take up the goalkeeping coach role.

There was a private meeting chaired by FUFA President Moses Magogo that had fired Kajoba and Coach Mckinstry on Sunday at Kabira but it might have not produced fruits to see Kajoba reinstated.

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