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Pedro test

By Vision Reporter

Added 23rd May 2003 03:00 AM

SPORTS state minister Okello Oryem has said that Pedro Pasculli’s future as national tactician should be decided by his prescribed assignment of leading the Cranes to Tunisia 2004.

SPORTS state minister Okello Oryem has said that Pedro Pasculli’s future as national tactician should be decided by his prescribed assignment of leading the Cranes to Tunisia 2004.

By Fred Kaweesi
and Norman Katende

SPORTS state minister Okello Oryem has said that Pedro Pasculli’s future as national tactician should be decided by his prescribed assignment of leading the Cranes to Tunisia 2004.

Oryem anticipates a red-hot reception for the Argentinean coach in Cranes make-or-break ties against Rwanda and Ghana but cautioned FUFA to find a long-term replacement that government will comprehensively finance for three years.

“I was against the idea of dropping (Paul) Hasule at the time. The ministry wasn’t consulted about the appointment of Pasculli. I have not met him but hopefully will soon.
However if he fails this campaign
then FUFA will have to think for a replacement that will be given a maximum of three years to deliver.
“Government will be in position to finance his wages and allowances. We however give that benefit of doubt to the people who took that decision in appointing him,” he said.

The Argentine-born was hired at a startling wage of sh6m a month, a fee that the federation asserted to accomplish.

Pasculli’s deal to handle the Cranes was executed by Euromarkint chairman Albrieux Giacomo, an honorary Consul of Uganda in Italy.

At 42, Pasculli has not won any major honours or even, achieved any remarkable feat as coach, but will relish one with the national side next month.

The Cranes dropped two vital points against Rwanda and will have to put up illustrious performances at home against the Amavubi Stars and in Accra against Ghana’s Black Stars if they are to qualify for their second ever Nations Cup finals since 1978.

The Argentine coach meanwhile, has something to smile about after Ekuchu Kasongo returned and immediately joined the Cranes in training.

Kasongo, who had left the country for the DR Congo over a fortnight ago had been expected back a week ago. His delayed return had put his club SC Villa on tension, who thought that he might have deserted like Maurice Sunguti and Said Abed did last season.

“He is a simple and disciplined player. He is an adult and he does not risk doing anything that will dent his image,” said Villa administrative manager Omar Mandela on Thursday.

And his arrival in the camp has given coach Pasculli hope for his blunt striking line, which failed to find any goal against visiting Sudan on Wednesday despite creating numerous chances.

No comment could be got from Pasculli or his assistant Leo Adraa but a technical committee source said Kasongo’s arrival would help solve the striking puzzle.

“He is well built and has good physical presence. I think these qualities will sharpen our striking line.”

Pedro test

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