By Richard Kintu
Army side UPDF FC will settle for nothing short of a continental finish next season. This is according to the newly promoted Uganda premier league team’s Chief executive officer, Miiro Ashraf Mwanje.
While laying plans for their league run, Miiro noted that after years of displaying mere potential, it is now time for the institutional club to push their limits higher and restore the past glory of the army outfit. “UPDF has greatly contributed to the development of the beautiful game in this country by providing great players like Paul Sali among others to the Uganda cranes.
We feel it is now time to get that recognition back and next season will be our litmus test,” Miiro said.
He noted that as part of this push, the army side are looking to recruit an assistant coach and a professional trainer for the team to iron out the small details that are key for player’s top performance and general team dynamics.
“We shall keep with Coach Bogere for maintenance of team cohesion and rhythm but we’re out to shop for an equally able assistant and team trainer. We believe that once the technical team has been bolstered then all other things will easily fall in place,” he said. According to Miiro, the preferred assistant coach must be a CAF A licence holder while the trainer must have a CAF B licence.
Miiro is optimistic that his experience in football will help him work well with the technical team to hit targets his bosses have set for the team ahead of next season.
“We want to make our fans happy and also see progress of our players so that we eventually run a business model that will make it possible for this team to be the bedrock of professionalism in the spot; that’s why we want these people as early as yesterday,” miiro, a seasoned former FUFA referee said.