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Micho returns as Uganda Cranes coach after 4 years

Sports| The Northern Link UG | Soccer governing body FUFA has named Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic head coach of Uganda Cranes. He will address the media on Tuesday 3rd August 2021.

Micho led Cranes to their first appearance in the Nations Cup finals in 39 years, when they qualified for Ghana 2017.  The last time they featured was at the 1978 Nations Cup, where they played Ghana in the final itself.

The Serbian bounces back as the head coach of the Uganda Cranes on a three-year contract. A press statement from the Federation of Uganda Football Association-FUFA shows that the Serbian tactician will kick off work effective next month.

“Mr. Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojević has been appointed Head coach of the Uganda Cranes on a three-year renewable contract effective 1st August 2021,” reads the statement. Micho returns to Uganda for the second time after leaving in 2017.

He is remembered for taking back Uganda to the African Cup of Nations after close to three decades. Micho drove Uganda to the 2017 Afcon. He, however, confirmed the termination of his contract on June 29, 2017, citing nonpayment of his salary for several months.

Since then, the Serbian tactician has managed Orlando Pirates in South Africa, Zamalek in Egypt, and lately the Zambian National team. He picks from Jonathan McKnistry who was sacked over unpleasant results.

The national team had been under the leadership of Abdallah Mubiru as the interim Head coach and Livingstone Mbabazi and Fred Kajoba as assistants.  According to a press release, the Head coach has a contractual mandate to name his backroom staff.

Prior to his departure in 2017, Moses Basena and Fred Kajob assisted Micho. His first task is to guide Uganda in the forthcoming world cup qualifiers scheduled to take place in September, October and November 2021, and March 2022.

The Cranes are in Group E alongside Mali and neighbors Kenya and Rwanda.

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