The Federation of Uganda Football Association has announced the signing of Serbian tactician Milutin Sredojevic popularly known as Micho as the head coach of Uganda national football team.
Micho who threw in the towel in 2017 after inspiring the Uganda Cranes to their first ever appearance on the continent after 30+ years returns to a place that he has fondly referred to as home.
The Serbian has been on the African continent for over 20 years managing a peripheral of teams from clubs to national level. His love affair with Uganda dates back to 2001-2004 as he managed the most successful club in the country, SC Villa.
He was recently involved with Zamalek in Egypt, Orlando Pirates of Tanzania, Zambia national team where he was recently before quitting the job in July. Micho has been an African football nomad but Uganda may just be where he has been more welcomed.
His new tenure or call it the Micho II campaign will begin on the 1st of August 2021 and will have the tough task of assembling a team that will be able to take Uganda to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after missing out on the previous campaign under Jonathan McKinstry and coach Abdallah Mubiru.
“After exactly 4 years of African football studies on Universities of life and football at Orlando Pirates ,Zamalek and Zambia going back to my African Football home” Said Micho in a statement.
What awaits Micho in Uganda?
As he gets set to name his new team, it is believed that names like Fred Kajoba will be re-appointed to the national team but interim head coach Abdallah Mubiru will not be returning as he is setting his sights on being fully involved at club level.
In a statement from Federation of Uganda Football Association, Micho will be naming his backroom staff and it remains to be seen with Livingston Mbabazi and Fred Kajoba being viewed as possible names to be his assistant.
The Serbian will have the task of taking on the management of the Qualification of the 2022 FIFA World Cup that should get started in September. He also faces the task of selecting a new team for the Uganda Cranes after some key figures like Hassan Wasswa, captain Denis Onyango and Mike Azira retired from the national team.
Uganda, seeded in Group E open their second round qualifying campaign against rivals Kenya and Mali in September, before facing a double header against neighbours Rwanda in October.
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