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Elite Coaching Development: Umony, Mutyaba to attend high level football coaching course in Germany

FUFA is highly delighted for strategic relations with the German Embassy Kampala that has seen a number of football personnel in the past and present attaining technical training opportunities in Germany.

For 2024, Brian Umony, a former Uganda Cranes player (2009-2017) who is currently a CAF C Diploma coach and a graduate from Kyambogo University and Bashir Mutyaba also CAF B Diploma coach and Youth Development Manager at FUFA have been selected out of the three candidates submitted by FUFA in June 2023 to attend the Internation Football Coaching Course at the University of Leipzig under ITK program.

“In our pursuit to live the FUFA vision and mission, international external relations are very key, the Federal German Government through its Embassy in Kampala has remained a formidable partner in supporting football development through scholarships for technical courses, a number of Ugandan football personels have undertaken these training opportunities. We are so delighted and grateful to the Germany Embassy Kampala for the continued opportunities.” said Edgar Watson, the FUFA CEO who also attended a coaching course at Heinnef Training Centre in Germany.

The six-month course (February to July, 2024) is structured as follow;

• Online phase 1 (in own country) 15 February to 28 February.

• On-site lectures in Leipzig: 04 March to June 30 2024.

• Online phase 2: (in own country) 01 July to 31 July 2024.

As part of requirement for the course participants to cover own air travel, FUFA has fully funded international travel arrangements for Umony and Mutyaba who will travel on February 29 2024 and return on June 30 2024.

“This scholarship and part funding by FUFA as support to the two coaches resonates with our 2023-2030 FUFA Technical Master Plan under elite coaching development and particularly international coaching exchange target,” said Ali Mwebe the FUFA Football Development Director who also underwent a Post Graduate Diploma course in Sports Management at University of Leipzig in between 2017 and 2018 under the same ITK program.

“In the same vein, more coaches with suitable profiles shall be selected for such external training and exchange program under FUFA’s commitment to elite coaching development outlined in the Technical Master Plan.” Added Mwebe.

“This is a rare career further training opportunity that I cannot take for granted. The transition period from playing football to holding onto another career is such a challenging activity. I thank FUFA President and entire administration for the nomination and support for this course in the quest to strategically fit into coaching career after playing football. On finishing this six-month coaching course, I am confident will contribute to development of youth talents in the country, the future Uganda Cranes players. Said a delighted Umony who is a CAF C Diploma holder and youth coach working with Proline FC and Academy.

Mutyaba also expressed delight for the opportunity and believes this will help him become better.

FUFA Youth Football Development Manager Bashir Mutyaba.

“This is a great opportunity that I embrace to immerse myself in the rich culture and dynamic learning environment of Leipzig University’s international coaching course in Germany. This will help me expand my horizons, hone my skills, and connect with like-minded individuals from around the globe as I embark on a transformative journey of personal and professional growth as this course provides an enormous and rich curriculum on Youth Football Development and as a graduate of Sports Science, Coaches Instructor and a staff at FUFA in charge of Youth Football Development I believe this is an opportunity that will greatly impact on my professional growth and development.” Stated Mutyaba.

Umony and Mutyaba will depart for Germany on Thursday this week.

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