9 January 2013

Uganda: Bobby Defends His Position As Cranes Coach

A month after helping The Cranes win the Cecafa Tusker cup, team coach Bobby Williamson denies that he came to Uganda to make money.

This followed allegations from Nigerian coach Steven Keshi that white coaches come to Africa to earn huge amounts of money for their services.

Bobby told BBC: "I never came here for the money. I came here for the job, for a new experience and a new working place. I've never regretted it.

"When I first came here, the money I was being paid was just enough to pay the mortgage. It has improved because I have been relatively successful; at the regional African Cecafa tournaments and I've also?got close to qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations.

"It is not about being black or white, it is about having the qualifications," he added.

"I've got them. My Uefa licence doesn't expire until 2016 and I'll be doing what I need to in the meantime to keep it up.

"I'm not sure that many African coaches have that qualification and that is the biggest problem. They have Confederation of African Football qualifications but I don't think they match the level of the European qualifications."

Williamson was appointed in 2008 to fill the vacant place left by Lazlo Csaba who had resigned to take on top division side Heart of Midlothian FC in Scotland.

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