Kampala, Uganda – SERBIAN tactician Milutin “Micho” SredojeviÃ„â€¡ has been unveiled as the new Cranes coach on a 2yr deal this afternoon at FUFA House in Mengo.
The Cranes job recently went vacant following the sacking Bobby Williamson. The Scotsman, a record four time CECAFA winner, failed on his key assignment of taking the Cranes to the final tournament of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Speaking briefly in luganda after his unveiling, Micho thanked Ugandans and said he was privileged to be back.
“This is my footballing home. I started my dream here. Am happy to come back home after travelling all over the continent,” a cheereful Micho said “from the time I left Uganda in July 2004, I have been absent in body but my soul has always been here.”
Micho, 43, comes to Uganda after also being relieved of his duties in neighbouring Rwanda for also failing the Amavubi to the big stage.
Police FC coach Sam Timbe, BUL BIDCO coach Kefa Kisala and goalkeeping coach Fred Kajoba will be Micho’s assistants.
He was also quick to pay homage to the man whose shoes he will fill; Bobby Williamson, who was sacked a couple of months back.
“I fully appreciate all the good work that my predecessors have done. I believe that the support I will have will make us fly on
Micho brings immense experience from the African scene in a career that started off in 2001 in Villa. He won one CECAFA titles with the Jogoos on top of four local league trophies.
After the spell at Villa, he went on to win the league title in Ethiopia with St George.
Revealing his plans for the future of Cranes and Ugandan football at large, he said he wanted to focus on youth football.
“I am back to institute the youth systems and I want us to move from 97 to top 70 and stay there to give our players a chance to play in top European leagues”
Micho will know that all the managers before him have been axed for failure to qualify for the African Cup of Nations, something Uganda hasnt been able to achieve since 1978.
When asked about qualification and Uganda’s percieved “bad luck, he said “we are going to do our best to deserve the luck.”
The Serbian has also had relative success in continental club competitions guiding South African giants Orlando Pirates to the semi-finals of the African Champions League in 2006.
He also led Sudan’s Al Hilal to the last four of both the Confederation Cup and Champions League.
An upbeat Micho also revealed he was going to watch the Uganda Cup semi-final this evening in Buikwe between URA and Vipers.
Source: The New Vision