Federation of Uganda Football Associations has re-appointed Serbian Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic as the Head coach of the Uganda Cranes, it is official.
Micho who left Uganda in 2017, has been handed a three-year renewable contract effective 1st August, 2021.
In a statement from Federation of Uganda Football Association, Micho will be naming his backroom staff and it remains to be seen if he will retain Abdallah Mubiru, Livingston Mbabazi and Fred Kajoba as his assistants.
The local based trio has been in charge of the Cranes since FUFA parted ways with Northern Irishman Johnathan Mckinstry.
In a surprise turn of events, Micho returns to Uganda just days after separating ways with Zambia’s Chipolopolo.
The Serbi stole the match on a long list of coaches to the role including Obren Saric, Ibrahim Kamara and Chris McGinn among others.
The gaffer comes at a time as Uganda is set to start preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
Micho Back ‘Home’
Micho has managed a couple of teams in African Football that spans over 20 years.
His first managerial job in Africa was coincidentally in Uganda when he was named the coach of Uganda Premier League side SC Villa – He went on to help the Jogoos to three straight league titles between 2001 and 2004.
He later left for St George in Ethiopia and had stints at Orlando Pirates, Young Africans, Al Hilal and Rwanda.
In May 2013, a month after sacking Bobby Williamson, FUFA named Micho as the new Uganda Cranes coach.
He made a couple of formidable changes but his greatest achievement came on September 5th 2016 when he guided Uganda to Africa Cup of Nations, breaking a 38-year jinx.
Micho, left Uganda to join Orlando Pirates in July 2017, citing unpaid arrears of about Sh230M, the amount which FUFA has since paid.
He rejoined Orlando Pirates before moving North to Zamalek and was on February 3 2020 named Zambia coach.
In a recent interview with the Observer earlier this year, Micho when asked on a possible return to Uganda, he stated: “I can never say never. Uganda is deep-rooted in my soul.”
What Awaits Micho?
Micho set a bar high for the coaches that succeeded him at Uganda Cranes after taking the team to Africa Cup of Nations.
His successor Sebastien Desabre repeated the fate, starting the campaign after Micho had laid a strong platform thanks to that 1-0 away win to Cape Verde.
Sebastien moved a step further – Catapulting the Cranes to the knockout stages.
Then came Mckinstry, after a decent start – a draw at Burkina Faso and a home win against Malawi – the campaign later floored as the Cranes failed to return to African. And his sacking was inevitable.
Micho will have to start again, in fact from scratch, after a couple of players including former captain Denis Onyango retired.
Its a job the Serbian who loves challenges will be looking forward to.