The Ugandan FA ‘hilariously’ claimed former Hibernian, Kilmarnock and Plymouth boss Bobby Williamson had left the role “by mutual consent”, in a carefully-worded press release issued to local and international news agencies.
That turned out to be an April Fool prank, but the joke was eventually on Williamson after he was fired for real a week later.
"FUFA hereby informs the public that a notice of termination of contract has this morning Monday 8th April 2013 has been given to the Cranes head coach Mr Robert 'Bobby' Williamson," an actual, serious, not-at-all-a-joke statement from the organisation read.
Williamson was dismissed after an embarrassing 2-0 World Cup Qualifying defeat to Liberia, having been in charge since 2008.
His record as Uganda boss has been fairly impressive, winning regional Central and East African titles in 2010, 2012 and 2013, and almost taking them to this year’s African Cup of Nations after an agonising penalties defeat to then-champions Zambia.
But defeat to Liberia has left them bottom of a World Cup qualifying group featuring the likes of Senegal and Angola, albeit only three points from the summit with two home matches remaining.