MLS Net Pro side, New York Red Bulls has named former Uganda Cranes skipper Ibrahim Sekagya as the new head coach.
Denis Hamlett, the Club Sporting Director said they are happy to have Sekagya as the head coach.
“Sekagya has played a crucial role in the development of Red Bulls II in addition to his success as a player with the main club. We know he will continue his hard work and dedication to improve in every facet of the club,” added Hamlett.
New York Red Bulls II who will make their inaugural appearance this season in the MLS Net Pro, the men's professional soccer league in the United States and Canada that is affiliated with Major League Soccer made the announcement on Monday.
New York Red Bulls II has named Ibrahim Sekagya as its head coach for their inaugural season in MLS Next Pro, the club announced today. Sekagya will be the third Head Coach in Red Bulls II history after spending eight seasons as an Assistant Coach.
The former Uganda Cranes captain takes over as head coach after standing in as interim head coach from July 3, 2022 where he guided the team for the final 17 matches of the season.
Following his retirement as a player in 2015, Sekagya joined the Red Bulls II coaching staff for its inaugural season in USL that same year. He was assistant coach for seven and a half seasons.
“I am thrilled to continue my journey with the New York Red Bulls organization and lead New York Red Bulls II to success,” Head Coach Ibrahim Sekagya said. “I cannot wait to get this season started and show all of the work that has been done this winter to put a well-balanced squad on the pitch.”
Sekagya played for Uganda Premier League side KCC FC before moving to Argentina where he played for several Clubs.
He joined Red Bull Salzburg in 2007 and helped them win three Austrian Football Bundesliga titles over a four-year span from 2008 to 2012 and was also part of the team that won the 2012 Austrian Cup. He joined the New York Red Bulls in July of 2013 and spent two seasons with the club.
Eng. Moses Hassim Magogo, the President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) says Sekagya’s appointment is a huge step for him and Uganda. “This appointment of course is good for Sekagya to continue developing as a coach, but also opens more channels for Ugandans in the football space,” added Magogo who is also an executive member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).