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Rebuilding Uganda Cranes Not Walk in Park – Micho

Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovich is aware of the task at hand as the Serbian rebuilds the national team.

Reappointed in July this year, Micho inherited a Uganda Cranes squad that had just failed to return to AFCON Finals.

Notably, a couple of senior players, including captain Denis Onyango, retired from international football.

This is Micho’s second term with Uganda Cranes who earlier left in 2017 to take over at Orlando Pirates.

When asked whether he would ever return to South Africa, Micho, who was speaking to a South Africa’s Power FM, stated:

“In life never say never and I will never close a possibility of coming back to South Africa. However, I need to tell you that I am fully focused on where I am now with Uganda because I have a project which is very ambitious of qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World cup.”

“With the retirement of my former senior players like Denis Onyango, I am now building a new team while entering in a stiff competition of the World cup Qualifiers, it’s not a walk in the park. So I am fully focus on job at stake.”

Mciho and Denis Onyango. Courtesy photo

Micho lost to Ethiopia in the friendly before back to back goalless draws with Kenya and Mali in the World Cup Qualifiers this month.

Next on his menu is a double header against Rwanda’s Amavubi Stars.

In his first season at Orlando Pirates, the Serbian helped the side finish in second place in the league.

He led Pirates in 80 games across all competitions, winning 38, drawing 26, while losing 16 before parting ways in August 2019.

He added: “I miss the people there. South Africa is a special country. When you see how you passionately love the game, I believe the sound of ordinary people has always been a big, sounding factor and inspiration.

“That is why South Africa is special, that is why you have the most competitive league on the continent.

“Its unique on this planet because there is no other place with rivals sitting together for instance Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates supporters sit together and you don’t hear any problem. Anywhere else it could be like civil war but its not the case there.”


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