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Williamson confident of success

By Andrew Jackson Oryada
BBC Sport, Kampala

Bobby Williamson
Williamson was given his own Cranes jersey by Uganda's FA

Newly-appointed Uganda coach Bobby Williamson believes that he can lead the Cranes to their first appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations since 1978.

The Scotsman, former manager of Kilmarnock and Hibernian and English clubs Chester and Plymouth, has a two-year contract with the Cranes.

"I will have no problem turning the Ugandan team around and getting the results," said Williamson, who watched his first game in the Ugandan league on 20 August.

Williamson has not coached in Africa before, neither has he been in charge of a national team.

But he takes over a side that only narrowly missed out on qualifying for this year's Nations Cup.

"I have handled many teams before, but managing a national team is a big chance for me," said Williamson.

"I want to work with all the stake holders to build Ugandan football and to guide the team to great achievements."

Williamson had been in touch with former Cranes boss Csaba Laslo, who encouraged him to take up the post.

"The details Csaba gave me about Uganda football and the crop of players has given me a good idea of what to expect," said Williamson.

"I don't intend to build a new team or make big changes, but it is a fresh beginning. There will be equal opportunities for all."

Uganda are third in their group for the combined 2010 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifiers, two points behind leaders Benin, with two games remaining.

They play away to Niger in the first weekend of September.

see also
Uganda name new coach
19 Aug 08 |  African
2010 World Cup Qualifiers
22 Jun 08 |  African
Angola held by Cranes in Luanda
23 Jun 08 |  African

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