By: David Gombe
After the Uganda Cranes massive win over South Sudan 5-1 in the CHAN qualifiers encounter at Startimes Stadium, speculations concerning the future of Cranes coach Micho Sredejovic was the talk all over the country.
The Serbian tactician’s tenure as national team head coach ends after serving the nation for 4 years since his appointment in 2013. Micho revealed in a press conference held at Kabira country club Bukoto.
In his words,
“A lot has been said about me regarding my future over the week with your media Personnel revealing that I have resigned, I have no reason to resign but the only reason I have is termination of contract.
” I reached this decision on Friday, 28th at 8pm after the meeting between my agent Ivika Stankovic and FUFA on Wednesday 26th was not Successful regarding what we had discussed with Mr. Magogo on Monday.”
Much on his 50 matches as national team head coach,
“During my time we have won 50 matches, drawn 11 and lost 11 in the competitive games making a winning ratio of 75%.
I have also helped Uganda become 9th on the continent an improvement for this nation, currently. Uganda is the only team to yet concede a goal in the 2018 world cup qualifiers. We have also managed to win 9 away games scored 15 goals and conceded 2 in the past three years.”
The Serb also revealed on how Uganda has made him a hot brand,
“Uganda has made me a hot brand that I am today, I have many offers from 3 national teams and 8 clubs have already tabled their bids. But i can only tell you I have not made any move as of now as it was revealed by hon Allan Ssewanyana who said my next move was Libyan national team, this is not true.”
He added on Allan Ssewanyana,
“I thank him he was the first man to reveal to the Parliament as I was the lowest paid national team coach on the continent though in the second aspect I see him as a who man has used me as his punching bag to fight his wrangles.”
On the circumstances he has worked under,
“Amidst the circumstances I have worked under without pay, i have served this country with passion and all my heart didn’t miss any training session. I couldn’t sustain this anymore to see my family suffering due to my lack of payment, I have repaid Uganda every single dollar I have earned but Uganda has made me suffer.”
He also believes Uganda can make it to the world cup and his message to the players
” Uganda can make it to the world cup due to the quality of players in the current squad and the young lads such as Milton Kariisa next Cristiano Ronaldo, Derrick Nsibambi next Mario Mandzukic, Moses Waiswa and others.
I call upon the players to continue serving their country because they have a phenomeno fan base and wish them well.”
On his best moments,
“I will never forget 4th September 2016 when Uganda qualified for the final tournament after 39 years, 16 th October last year when for the first time in a long period of time Uganda was in the draw for the African Cup of Nations.
I won’t forget 17th of January this year when the national anthem was played during the Ghana game in Gabon.”
He was thankful to,
” I thank the stake holders since I couldn’t work alone, they have helped me deliver, I thank the supporters for the amazing support they rendered to the national team and I will miss their support. I thank his Excellency the President for his support always to the national team.”
He thanked captains and players he has worked with,
“I thank his Excellency, the players from team captains Andy Mwesigwa, Geoffrey Massa,Denis Onyango, Tonny Mawejje, Geoffrey Sserunkuma and all the players I have worked with because you have really worked as lions and always you have a special place in my heart. I promise to continue supporting this brand of Ugandan football both spiritually and in all other aspects.”
He praised his technical team and selected Moses Basena as a man whom he could choose to replace him.
“I thank my technical team I have worked with that is Sam Timbe, Kefa Kisala, Fred Kajoba, Moses Basena am appreciative for the support given to me as national team coach.
I thank the medical staff Ivan Ssewanyana and Ronald Kisolo for the tremendous work done”.
” If i had the power, i could choose Moses Basena as the man to take helms since he is irreplaceable but i don’t have the power.
I have no problems with other coaches in Uganda that is Mike Mutebi, Sam Simbwa and Abudallah Mubiru.”
Special thanks goes to,
“Mr.Mulindwa thank you for bringing me to serve the country as head coach, Mr.Magogo the Fufa president ,CEO Edgar Watson and the Fufa Secretariat for the support given to me.”
He concluded by thanking the media,
“I thank the media for the support given to me while in Uganda both positive and negative you have really been good to me thank you, I conclude by wishing Uganda all the best and i will always remember this amazing country.”
Micho leaves Uganda in a critical condition with both the CHAN qualifier with Rwanda set for 12th and 19th of August. The double header with African giants Egypt in the 2018 World cup qualifiers set for 31st and 5th of September.
It becomes unknown whether a new coach to replace Micho will be announced as early as possible all remains to be answered by Uganda’s football governing body FUFA
FUFA president Moses Magogo at the AUPL awarding ceremony on Wednesday 26th, July confirmed that before the Egypt game Uganda will have a coach since all the needed resources are available .