He guided Uganda to AFCON, making it out of the group to the knock-out stages for the first time in 41 years
It is no longer a secret, it is now official. On Monday, former Uganda Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre was officially unveiled as the new coach for Egyptian Premier League club Pyramids on a two-year contract.
This has come just one day after Uganda and Desabre ‘mutually agreed’ to terminate the contract between the two parties.
The Frenchman was unveiled during a press conference at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo, graced by Pyramids chairman Hossam El Badry.
The one-and-half years Desabre has been in charge of the Uganda Cranes, guiding the team to the Africa Cup of Nations and making it out of the group to the knock-out stages for the first time in 41 years, meant the Frenchman had something to look back on fondly.
“I have left Uganda Cranes a happy man after accomplishing the job I was asked to do. Right now I am looking forward to achieve success at my new club at Pyramids Football Club,” said the 42-year-old Frenchman while addressing journalists.
Desabre has been earning a reported $20,000 (sh75m) per month, but his new deal is believed to be worth $60,000 (sh222m) per month.
When asked about the possibility of some Ugandan players joining him, he quickly said, “I am waiting to see the players available at Pyramids FC and if there’s need, I will approach some of the players.”
“Uganda has a lot of talent in football. Like I managed to take the team to another level after replacing Micho and Basena, am hopeful the new manager will be able to do the same,” added Desabre who holds a UEFA A coaching license.
Pyramids will be the second Egyptian team Desabre is going to be in charge of after managing Ismaily from July 2017 to December 2017 before joining Uganda Cranes.
Desabre’s last game in charge of Uganda Cranes was last Friday – narrowly losing 1-0 against a Senegal team at the round of 16 at the AFCON finals.
Pyramids is owned by the chairman of the Saudi Sports Authority Turki Al-Sheikh and are doing investments in a bid to end the dominance of Al Ahly and Zamalek in the Egyptian football.
About the move FUFA is said to have earned about $140,000 when Micho left Uganda Cranes for Orlando Pirates in South Africa in 2017.
FUFA terminating Desabre’s contract on a ‘mutual agreement’, means there is something behind and news coming in is that they are likely to earn some good money around $100,000 after letting Desabre join Pyramids FC.