Micho explains his exit from Uganda, Obua advises replacing with Ugandan coach
Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has accused the Federation of Uganda Football Association of breaking their contract with him, after leaving his post as Cranes head coach.
The Serbian coach tendered in his letter of termination to the FUFA through his agent on Friday night, citing non-payment as the reason behind his decision. “It was a tough decision to make, but I have decided to move on because the Federation failed to meet their side of the contract,” Sredojevic told KweséESPN.
“I remove my jersey as a national coach of Uganda today and now put on a jersey of a Ugandan supporter,” he added, speaking during a press conference at Kabira Country Club in Bukoto on Saturday.
The 47-year-old is demanding the repayment of salary arrears and bonuses amounting to $64,000 owed to him by the federation.
“I am now going to look at other offers and this time I will head back to coaching a team because national teams coaching does not occupy me fully,” he added.
After guiding the Cranes to a 5-1 win over South Sudan in a Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier last Saturday, Sredojevic acknowledged that he only had 48 hours to decide if he was resigning.
On Monday, the coach met federation president Moses Magogo and some of his executive members at the headquarters in Mengo.
The meeting hit a snag and the matter was referred to Sredojevic’s South African-based agent Ivica Stankovic and the Uganda FA Chief executive officer, Edgar Suubi Watson, to try and resolve the situation.
When contacted, Watson told Kwesé ESPN that he had been trying to speak to the agent up until Saturday morning, but had failed to reach an understanding.
“I have been proud working for the brand called Uganda,” added Sredojevic, who was appointed in May 2013. “For the last four years I have been the minister in-charge of Uganda’s happiness in football.
Besides guiding Uganda to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after a 38-year wait, qualifying for the 2014 and 2016 Africa Nations Championships and winning the 2015 regional Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, Sredojevic also oversaw 51 Uganda victories drawing 29 and losing 11.
The Eastern European first came to Africa in 2001 to handle Uganda’s SC Villa, and is reportedly being targeted by South Africa’s Orlando Pirates and Egyptian giants Zamalek, who sacked their Portuguese coach Augusto Inacio on Thursday.
Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has accused the Federation of Uganda Football Association of breaking their contract with him after he left his post as Cranes head coach. The Serbian coach tendered in his letter of termination to the FUFA through his agent on Friday night, citing non-payment as the reason behind his decision.
Uganda must choose local coach to replace Micho – Obua
Former Uganda wideman David Obua has advised the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) to appoint a local coach when they come to choosing the replacement for the departed Milutin Sredojevic.
The Serbian coach guided the team to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, ending Uganda’s 38-year absence from the continental high table, but announced on Sunday that he had terminated his contract with Uganda due to the federation’s failure to honour his contract.
“I advise the Uganda FA not to press panic buttons and run to employ another foreign coach,” Obua told KweséESPN, “because Sredojevic has laid a good foundation and our coaches can take over.
“This is the best timing for [one of] our local coaches to take over to take the national team.”
Obua, who is looking to take his first steps into coaching after attending courses in Scotland, argued that the arrival of foreign coaches can often be to the detriment of the continent’s national sides.
“They come to Africa and it takes them some time to understand the players and yet the local coaches know these players well,” he added, “but the federations simply think the foreign coaches are the gods of coaching.
“The FA should make sure they give a local coach the same amount of money Sredojevic has been getting and clearly spell out what they expect in return.
“KCCA FC’s Mike Mutebi, who guided the team to the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup and won a double in Uganda, is one of the coaches I believe can handle the team,” he added.
Moses Basena and goalkeeper coach Fred Kajoba are expected to take charge of the national team in an interim capacity as the FA search for Sredojevic’s replacement, with the duo set to face Egypt in back-to-back World Cup qualifiers in August and September.
Uganda have not had a local coach since 2004, when Mike Mutebi was replaced by Egyptian Muhammed Abbas, with seven of the last nine national team bosses being foreigners.