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Micho Blames 2017 Resignation On FUFA

Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic expressed his earlier discontent with the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) in meeting their contractual obligations, something which prompted his stepping down from the Uganda Cranes head coach role in 2017.

This he said on his maiden media visit to NBS Sunday Sports Show, #NBSTheScore since his reappointment to the job on July 27th, penning a three year employment contract.

He had earlier left the job citing unpaid arrears of about Ugshs.230M nevermind the fact that FUFA eventually cleared to zero all the outstanding balance a year later (2018) while the former was with Soweto giants Orlando Pirates.

While addressing the questions about his exit, Micho was so eloquent in highlighting his disappointment in the federation in the build-up to his departure.

“It was not me but the other side that was unable to fulfill their end of the bargain. If they had, I would have stayed because I love and enjoy this country and all it’s people. My home away from Serbia.”

He would also use the platform to reveal that his exit was a blessing in disguise to Ugandan sports since the government used his situation to start recognising the value of sports in the country.

Micho further revealed that much as he loved staying home in Uganda, choosing survival for himself and his family was always going to be the way forward.

“There was a lot to ponder for myself and the family which put me in a position where I had to make a choice and I am glad to say that I did despite the challenges. Now that we are back to working together, the expectations are that we all learnt something from the past. It is a two way relationship and we shall be successful.” The gaffer added.

It is imperative to also remember that the Serbian Wolf, was first appointed to the Cranes head coach role back in 2013 where he had a formidable run in. His greatest achievement will always be guiding the country to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, breaking a 39-year jinx.

He has since moved around the continent since his departure with his first job being with South African giants Orlando Pirates which was immediately followed with a short-lived stay with Egyptian side Zamalek before taking on the Zambian National Team (Chipolopolo).

He is expected to have amassed enough techniques and game intellect to help the Uganda Cranes fare well in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, which seem to be on the horizon as we head closer to the next month.

Micho will have to do this without former captain Denis Onyango and Hassan Wasswa Mawanda who he had grown accustomed to seeing in the changing room. The two legends retired from international football in the aftermath of the Uganda Cranes’ failure to qualify for the 2022 AFCON tournament.


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