The former Cranes Coach speaks out about the inequalities that riddle the beautiful game
Bobby Williamson the Former Ugandan National coach, has spoken about how the poorer countries in Africa are often ignored when it comes to football finances.
Now managing KPL side Gor Mahia, Williamson was coach of Uganda Cranes for five years, speaking to the Scotsman, he told of the problems that he faced while in East Africa.
“It is all down to finance. There is a shortage of balls, a shortage of pitches. Even with the national team, we didn’t have a sponsor.
“We had to buy our own Adidas strips. Once we wore fake Adidas strips, and we were caught and were reprimanded! These things happen in Africa. But it is disappointing.
You would have thought somebody, either Puma or Adidas, could supply these guys with shirts.”
Williamson has also done his bit towards raising the profile of the National side: “The Cranes should be a big marketing brand, you see millions of people with the Uganda football strip now.
“When I first arrived it was all Chelsea and Man United and Arsenal. Now you see a lot of Uganda strips, because we have done well at home.”
Williamson missed out on African Cup of Nations Qualification, but in his five year tenure the side did not lose a single match at home.