Tall Order for Uganda Cranes Sivic Tomoslav
Sivic Tomoslav, the new coach as he was being unveiled by FUFA.

Tall Order for Uganda Cranes Sivic Tomoslav


"I am not Jesus."

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: April 29, 2006


The Ugandan soccer governing body, FUFA mid this week finally unveiled the long awaited successor to Egyptian Muhammad Abbas to lead the Uganda Cranes in the 2008 African Cup finals in Ghana and 2010 World cup qualification campaign and this is not other than Yugoslav Sivic Tomoslav.


FUFA, a month ago axed the Egyptian arguing that he didnt posses the credentials to lead the Cranes to Ghana and South Africa and advertised the vacant post in which over 15 applicants applied to coach the Uganda senior soccer team. Now it is clear that it is Sivics papers that convinced FUFA president Lawrence Mulindwa and his executive that he was the man to take over the mantle.

The Serbian, has already put pen to paper for a 4 year renewable contract in which he is supposed to receive a salary of 5,000 dollars (around 8 million Uganda shillings) per month in addition to a car and an executive house.

All seems a good beginning for Sivi but going by the current pedigree of the game in the country, an up hill task awaits the elegant man from Serbia.

Since the county is in its football renaissance era, the new coachs 1st assignment seem to be putting the pieces together by sporting the talents needed in campaign from all over the country.

Most of the players in the local league are too young, inexperienced and have just graduated from the lower divisions, meaning they require a real polishing by the former Serbian National U-17 team manager.

The core of the Cranes squad trades its game outside the country. This leaves the question of when and how the 39 year old optimist will monitor these players apart from the star left full back Nestroy Kizito. He already knows Nestroy well since he features in the Serbian League. Sivic needs to find some answers if he is to defy the gods and odds that have haunted the Pearl of Africa since the Ghana 1978 finals.

Among these professionals include, Argentine based team skipper Ibra Ssekajja, Defender Sulaiman Tenywa Bonsue from the USA Major Leaugue, the South African based trio of Keiser Chiefs David Obua and Timothy Batabaire and Posnet Omony of Bromofentain Celtics. The others are, Ugandas new goalie on block Denis Onyango and the Congolese naturalized Ugandan midfield wizard Assan Pitche Bajope from Ethiopian giants St George, jesfrey Massa of El Masr in Egypt and the infinity quartet of semi professionals in the Rwandan Premera liga.

The other stumbling block arises from the local assistants who for long have been vital in sabotaging the foreign tacticians with an intension of over throwing them.

Despite feeling extra happy for the job, Sivic him self, seemed to confess that an Everest mountain is ahead of him as he told the press on Wednesday that he needs support from all the Ugandan soccer stakeholders, if he is to achieve the mission.

Im happy to be the man privileged to lead the Cranes to Ghana after 30 years of missing out, but am not Jesus to perform miracles. I need all the support from football stakeholders, said the Yugoslav making his debut on the black mans continent.

Sivic's maiden address to Journalists
Sivic's maiden address to Journalists

Should the 6 feet plus tall man achieve the cranes dreams of reaching the African Cup finals, he will have emulated his country mate Rotomir Dikovic who inspired Cranes regional rivals the Amavubi wraps of Rwanda to the 2004 finals in Tunis before leading his current team Ghana to the forthcoming World Cup, the 1st in the countrys history.

The Cranes start their campaign against Lesotho in September of this year in Kampala. Little known Niger and powerhouse Nigeria are the members completing a 4 team group where the winner gets an automatic qualification to the World and African cup.

Sivic seems intent on doing every part of his job. Although he flew back to his country on Wednesday, he said he will jets in back early next month to assess the Sc villa and Police FC players in the CECAFA tournament due mid next month in Tanzania.

Sivics Profile

Born in 1966 in the town of Subotica in Serbia

Played for the U-17 and 20 national teams

He is a former Folbac FC player, a 3rd French division side.

In 2004 as the manager, he guided the Serbian National U-17 team in the World Junior Championship and lost 2-1 to Italy in the finals.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: April 29, 2006
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Ramathan Kasozi is a member of Ultimate Media Consult (U) Ltd. . A graduate Journalist, Kasozi has more than 5 years experience reporting on sports in Uganda for different print and broadcast media houses.