Micho back in Uganda as Cranes Coach

By usher komugisha
May 21, 2021

Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic, the former Rwanda head coach has been named as the new Uganda Cranes head coach at a press conference held at the football governing body in Uganda-FUFA's head offices in Mengo, Kampala on Tuesday.

Sredojevic who is popularly known by his nickname “Micho” in Uganda was unveiled to the media by the FUFA president Lawrence Mulindwa has a two-year renewable contract.

The 43-year old Serbian’s first words to the media were, “Mugyebaleko ba ssebo nne banyabo” a Luganda greeting that can be paraphrased to mean, “Well done, gentlemen and ladies”.

He continued: “From the time I left Uganda in July 2004, I have been absent by body but my soul has been here. I started my African football dream here and I believe that we are going to work together towards success.”

Sredojevic replaced Williamson

Sredojevic will be assisted by Sam Timbe, Kefa Kisala and Fred Kajoba who has been maintained as the goalkeeping coach.

The Serbian replaced Englishman Bobby Williamson who was sacked on April 8, 2021 after he failed to steer Uganda Cranes to the Africa Cup of Nations despite winning the Cecafa title a record four times.

Sredojevic coached 16-time record champions Sports Club Villa between 2002-2004 during which Villa clinched the national league twice, the Uganda Cup and prestigious Cecafa titles once each.

He went on to coach Ethiopia’s St. George winning the league title five consecutive times before moving to Orlando Pirates in South Africa where he took them to the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League.

He quickly became a household name when he made it to the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League twice in a row in 2010 and 2011 with Sudan's Al Hilal placing him in a position where he is considered the most successful coach at the club.

Coached Rwanda’s Amavubi

Sredojevic also enjoyed a stint at Tanzania’s Yanga before being handed the top job at the Amavubi-Rwanda’s senior national football team where he was in charge of 22 games amassing nine wins, six draws and seven losses.

The coach who immediately started work, travelled to Buikwe, approximately 62km east of Kampala, the Ugandan capital city to watch the second leg of the Uganda Cup semi-final between URA and Vipers.

Meanwhile, a 37-man squad has been called to start training on Friday, May 23 at the Namboole stadium and will play their first friendly game against Libya in Tripoli on June 1.

Sredojevic will be in charge of the Uganda Cranes when they host Liberia and Angola in home games in the World Cup Qualifiers next month.(Kampala)