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Uganda coach blasts Nigeria coach Keshi over foreign coach jibe

Posted On Thursday, 14th February 2013
Uganda coach Bobby Williamson has hit back at Nigeria’s Stephen Keshi who said some foreign coaches in Africa are cash-grabbing mediocres.

Uganda coach Bobby Williamson has clasjed with Nigeria coach Keshi

Uganda coach Bobby Williamson has hit back at Nigeria’s Stephen Keshi who said some foreign coaches in Africa are cash-grabbing mediocres. 

Keshi, who led Nigeria to win the recent Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, said he cannot accept that some mediocre coaches from Europe who come to Africa are better than him.

However, at a press conference in Kampala on Wednesday at the FA headquarters in Nakulabye, Uganda Scottish-born coach Williamson blasted Keshi, saying he has insulted his professional colleagues from Europe.

“If he thinks I am here for the money, we can change roles and we swap wages with him,” Williamson told MTNFootball.com

Williamson, who has previously coached in Scotland and UK, said he is in Uganda because of good weather although he does his work with dedication as a professional.

“Even African players are in Europe because of the money and nothing else, but they are professionals,” explained Williamson, who has won four Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge Cups with the Uganda Cranes.

Currently only a few Africa nations like Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ghana, Cape Verde, Morocco, South Africa and Kenya have engaged local coaches for their national teams.

The likes of Uganda, Algeria, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Cote d’Ivoire and Mali have preferred to work with coaches from Europe.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Fiifi says:

    Keshi did not formulate his statement properly, because these european coaches did not occupy their posts thru force! They were appointed by the local FAs who are supposed to be “experts” or most COMPETENT to recruit coaches for their respective countries! “Doya”, LeRoy, Milo and Plavi were all recruited by GFA. Nigeria had also very qualified foreign coaches before Keshi but were also recruited by the Nigerian FA and did not succeed; not because they were “mediocre and money grabbing”, but because the environment and players and organisational conditions were not “good”! Keshi’s statement sounded as if these coaches “installed” themselves in the coaching positions and this is not the truth! IT IS MOSTLY THE LOCAL FAs TO BE BLAMED! THEY RECRUITED THESE COACHES, AND THEY FAILED IN THEIR DUTIES!!! The question now is why ? Your answer is as good as mine!! KESHI CAN TAKE SOME OF THE “FAILED”FOREIGN COACHES TO TASK FOR CAPITALIZING ON THE IGNORANCE AND INCOMPETENCE OF SOME OF THE CONCERNED FAs!!!! BUT TO GENERALIZE HIS STATEMENT , IS NOT FAIR BOTH TO HIMSELF AND HIS “PROFESSIONAL COLLEAGUES” FROM EOROPE! I MISS HIS “OTHER” REASONS WHY SOME OF THESE COUNTRIES PREFER TO EMPLOY FOREIGN COACHES FROM EUROPE – NIGERIA WENT THRU THAT “JOURNEY” AND HE JUST “RESIGNED” , AND RESIGNED FROM “RESIGNATION” JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO!!!

  2. Djeniko says:

    What Keshi meant is this. We have many clubs in europe that these foreign coaches are suppose to coach. They run to africa becos of d money and d ‘feel like a king’ in africa. They come here and do whatever they feel like doing and run away. There is this rumour in zamfoot.com that d nig fball federation wanted to employ Herve Renard of chipolopolo to replace Keshi. Is HR better or even up to Keshi? I advocate this- since you cannot use a foreign player in d national team, so too use a native coach. Unless he nationalise or naturalise.

    • Africanus says:

      Herve Renard is a Physical Trainer, no European club will employ him as a coach. He has no where to go than to stay in Africa and the middle east.

      What Keshi is saying is that these so called foreign coaches in Africa are not deemed good enough to coach even a third tier team in Europe, but when they go to Africa they become coaches for national teams. Clearly there is some merit in what Keshi is saying.

  3. anokwale says:

    At the end of the day, this is 2013 and there are African coaches who can coach the national teams. Due to lack of confidence on the Africa side, foreign coaches get paid very well to come and coach in Africa. It is similar to the NGOs in Africa where foreigners come and get paid well and get perks and the local hires are underpaid but just happy to be in an air conditioned office. Until we develop the self confidence it is going to be the same old story.





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