Many football enthusiasts often consider the game around the capabilities of the players and forget about the persons in charge of instilling these capabilities into them.

And these persons are the coaches.

And remember that in a well-organized set up, the coaches are under the technical supervision of the technical directors.

In relation to that, Westnile born Leo Adraa has been appointed as the technical director of South Sudanese side Al Merreikh.

From sources close to Leo, the appointment takes immediate effect and the club that won the 2018 edition of the South Sudanese cup are convinced that with his acquisition, the club will grow to greater heights.

This is Leo Adraa’s third stint on South Sudanese land after having coached Atlabara Fc and the South Sudanese national team, which role he quit in 2016 over unpaid wages and he had vowed never to return to South Sudan.

How situations affect statements should be a topic for another day.  

Leo Adraa, nicknamed the black bomber has been to several clubs at both capacities of Head coach and technical director.

Leo Adraa’s Playing and Coaching in summary.

On retirement as a player from Nsambya fc, he immediately became a coach.

Leo Adraa during his playing days at Nsambya fc

After a couple of years at Nambya fc, he coached his home club Arua Young Stars fc side that played in the Ugandan league from 1992-1994 and shortly thereafter left for Masindi side Kinyara Sugar fc after Arua Young Star’s relegation.

He was later appointed coach for the Ugandan U23 team that he guided to the 1999 All Africa Games in South Africa but eventually got knocked out by eventual winners Cameroon in the semis. Uganda finished 4th after losing to South Africa in the podium play offs.

Adraa was appointed as the senior team coach in 2003 but that reign only ended after a year.

After his first two reigns in South Sudan, the CAF B licensed tactician was hired by Onduparaka fc upon league qualification in 2016 from where his services attracted another Westnile outfit, Paidha Black Angels fc as a technical director, which role he relinquished last year.

Al Merreikh play in the top tier of the South Sudanese league.

(Theme Photo: Onduparaka fc media)

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