Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is leaving Uganda to join South African side, Orlando Pirates, as their manager.
According to his itinerary, Micho will on Friday fly to Johannesburg in South Africa. He will be unveiled on Monday as the new Orlando Pirates Manager on a 3-year contract.
Uganda Cranes captain and goalkeeper Denis Onyango earlier told Uganda Radio Network that Micho was tired and quitting Uganda for good.
The reigning African Football of the year (African based) told URN on phone from his base in Pretoria, South Africa on Tuesday that when he met Micho a few days ago, the Serbian made it clear that his time was up to leave.
“He was very emotional when we met before the CHAN qualifier against South Sudan and he told me he has made up his mind to leave because he cannot work under such conditions anymore,” Onyango is quoted as saying.
The goalkeeper, voted Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) sports personality of the Year 2016 few days ago said the coach intimated to him that his family member had even travelled to stay in Ethiopia because the head of the family could not provide adequately since the Uganda FA was not paying him in time.
Micho is said to have flown out of the country at 3am on Tuesday to Addis Ababa Ethiopia where he will start with the relative until Friday.
But the Serbian says he is only taking a rest, trashing the rest of the talk as speculation.
As agreed on constructive talks with FUFA I got few days of deserved rest until issues sorted or not.All other stories are mere speculations
— MICHOcoach (@michocoach) July 25, 2017
FUFA and Micho on Monday 24th July, 2017 held a meeting at FUFA House in Mengo in relation to the ongoing speculations about the status and future of the coach.
The meeting between the two parties held constructive discussions in which the past achievements, current and future of the Ugandan football were at the forefront during the discussions.
The parties agreed that FUFA CEO Edgar Watson talks to the agent of Micho over the matters.
The meeting that also discussed the technical aspects of the just concluded 2018 CHAN qualifier match played between Uganda Cranes and South Sudan was attended by FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo 1st Vice President Justus Mugisha, 2nd Vice President Darius Mugoye and FUFA CEO Edgar Watson’ said FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein
Micho apparently asked the Federation over Shs 200 million or he quits the job.
The Serbian made it clear that he cannot continue to suffer like this when his employers are failing to honour the contract.
“I have not been paid wages for four months now and I am also demanding over Shs 72 million ($20,000) in bonuses,” said a bitter Micho.
On Saturday the coach guided Uganda to qualification for the final phase of the 2018 Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) after a 5-1 win over South Sudan at the Philip Omondi stadium in Kampala.
Micho is paid slightly over Shs 43 million ($12,000) every month besides the other expenses paid for by FUFA.
But the tactician said after the game that he will make a decision on whether to leave or stay in the next 48 hours.
“This has been torture working as coach for the Uganda Cranes because they are always in breach of the contract and yet the players think are even paid in advance because I work so hard,” he added.
After the meeting, Micho tweeted: “Wondering why EGYPT media is so interested I will be or not UG coach. With or without me UG won’t be easy as we made team one ball to decide.”
— NBS Television (@nbstv) July 25, 2017
He further said: “48 hours expired I couldn’t come out with final outcome as promised due to human wish that unfortunate situation is sorted in civilised way”.
On rumours that he was joining a Libyan team, Micho said: “I closed Libya deal month back blocking all calls from +218.”
He told Makindye West MP Allan Sewanyana to stop picking political points through his unfortunate situation.
Micho who broke the jinx by guiding Uganda to the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) after 38-years of waiting said that he wants peace with Uganda and that should be made by paying all his debts.
“I am ready to remove one shirt as coach of Uganda and leave for another job, but I will remain big supporter because it’s in Uganda where I launched coaching in Africa with Sports Club Villa in 2001,” he explained.
Since taking over as Uganda Cranes coach in 2013, Micho has guided Uganda to qualification for the 2014 and 2016 Africa Nations Championship, 2017 Afcon and winning the 2015 regional Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.