Indian club unveils former Uganda Cranes coach


Former Uganda Cranes tactician Laszlo Csaba is the new head coach of Indian club Chennaiyin FC ahead of the new Indian Super League season.

Csaba was officially unveiled by Chennaiyin on Sunday 30th August to replace former Bolton Wanderers coach Owen Coyle who left the club to join Jamshedpur FC, another Indian outfit.

Csaba, 56, last coached at Romanian club Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe but has previously coached at MTK Budapest, Dunajska Streda, Dundee United and Lithuania national team. 

He was in charge of the Uganda National Team the Cranes between 2006 and 2008 before he left to join Hearts FC in the Scottish Premier League.

Csaba replaced Egyptian coach Mohammed Abbas and was later succeeded by Bobby Williamson in 2008.

Csaba guided Uganda Cranes to jump from 181st to 91st position in the FIFA rankings and beat Nigeria and Angola for the first time in history.

He was born in Romania but is a Hungarian national who played as a midfielder in his days until his career was cut short by a knee injury at only 27 years.

During his early coaching days, Csaba was an assistant coach to German legend Lothar Matthaus who was the Hungary national team coach in 2004.

His new side Chennaiyin FC finished fourth in the Indian Super League regular season and will be hoping for a better finish in the forthcoming campaign.

Laszlo Csaba’s Coaching Journey

2004–05: Ferencváros

2006: FC Sopron

2006–08: Uganda Cranes

2008–10: Heart of Midlothian

2010–11: Charleroi

2012–13: Lithuania National Team

2015–16: MTK Budapest

2016–17: Dunajská Streda

2017–18: Dundee United

2019: Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe

2020–: Chennaiyin FC


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