Ugandan football officials announced on Thursday that controversial Belgian Paul Put has been appointed national coach in lieu of Milutin Sredojevic, who was fired last month.
The 67-year-old Put, whose career has been marred by scandals including alleged match-fixing, was one of 120 candidates.
Sredojevic, a Serbian, was fired after the Uganda Cranes failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2023.
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) announced a two-year agreement.
“Coach Paul Put helped Burkina Faso reach the final of AFCON in 2013, guided Guinea to a quarterfinal finish and also helped The Gambia to qualify for AFCON,” FUFA chief Moses Magogo said at a press conference in Kampala.
“With such a CV, we believe the coach will do a good job here.”
Put was banned for three years by Belgium’s football federation in 2008 for alleged involvement in a match-fixing scheme, despite his claims that he was a scapegoat.
Guinea also barred him from participating in any football activity for the rest of his life in 2019, while he was in charge of their national squad.
Put will take over as head coach of the Cranes immediately, ahead of the start of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers this month.
On November 17, Uganda will face Guinea in the opening Group G qualifying match at Conakry.
Former African champion Algeria is in the group, along with Botswana, Mozambique, and Somalia.