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Former Cranes coach joins Egyptian side Pyramids FC

Sebastien Desabre

Sebastien Desabre

Former Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has joined Egyptian football side Pyramid FC, two days after parting ways with the national team.

Desabre, 46, resigned as Cranes coach on Saturday after his side were ejected out of the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Egypt by Senegal with a 1-0 win in the Round of 16. He was unveiled as Pyramids coach on Monday.

Pyramids are currently second in the Egyptian Premier League with 70 points, 4 behind giants Al Ahly who still have two games left to the end of the season. Pyramids could still end up in third place if Zamalek win their remaining three games.

Desabre drew interest and admiration across the continent following his team’s attractive play in Egypt and upon joining Pyramids, Desabre praised the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) for being organised and different from the rest of associations in Africa.

Cash and controversy have not been scarce at the Pyramids since the club was taken over by Saudi Arabian billionaire Turki Al-Sheikh in 2018. At least four coaches have been hired and fired within a space of one year, according to Planet Football.

So rich is Pyramids that they even managed to woo and sign coaches and players from the Brazilian league including striker Keno at $10m. Former superstars in the game including Roberto Carlos, Ronaldinho, John Terry among others have been hosted as pundits for games involving Pyramids FC.

They also managed to fly in international referees at their expense including Danilo Grujic, the referee for the 2018 Champions League final to officiate games between Pyramids and locals rivals Al Ahly and Zamaleck.

AUCHO JOINS MAKKASA

Meanwhile, Ugandan midfielder Khalid Aucho who impressed in Egypt has joined Egyptian side Misr El-Makkasa, who finished sixth in the Egyptian Premier League last season. Aucho is set to earn at least $600,000 (about Shs 2.2 billion) over two years.

The 26-year-old has plied his trade at Tanzania’s Simba SC, Kenyan sides Tusker FC and Gor Mahia, Baroka FC of South Africa, and Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade and OFK Beograd.

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