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Micho basks in Afcon glory

Milutin ’Micho’ Sredojevic is basking in glory after leading Uganda to its first Afcon finals appearance in 39 years.

It was a proud moment for the affable coach, fulfilling a lifelong dream as he guided the Cranes to the prestigious tournament, sending an entire nation into frenzy.

When Micho arrived in Uganda in May 2013 to take over the reins from the sacked Bobby Williamson, he immediately stated his goals.

“One of my aims is to develop the youth systems, and I want us to move from 97th in the rankings up to 70, and stay there to give our players a chance to play in top European leagues.”

True to his word, the football culture in Uganda has totally transformed, and the national team has remained amongst the top 70 in the Fifa World rankings, while qualifying for Gabon.

The Ugandan players have also received opportunities to play across the globe courtesy of his good word and his extensive contacts with teams around the world.

Micho also became directly involved, moving across the country from school tournaments and leagues as he showed great leadership in bringing everybody along to help them become acclimated to the new football development programme.

He brought discipline to the program and national team as he always wanted the players to represent themselves well, as he sought to set high standards which has led the team to success.

“It’s been a hard work in progress from the federation to the players, we have worked together to get the best results and the hard work paid off handsomely when we finally qualified for the elusive Afcon in Gabon. It’s a special moment for the me, the players, federation and the entire country,” Micho.

The Cranes accumulated a total of 13 points from their allotted group fixtures. A major contributing factor in their success was their ability to win away, with victories in both Comoros and Botswana. The 2-1 victory in Gaborone proved to be particularly decisive.

Micho has had an illustrious career as coach in Africa, winning 14 league titles with five different clubs. He has also won the Cecafa Club and Senior Challenge Cup.

He managed to qualify Uganda for the Chan on two consecutive occasions, and he has been to the semifinals of the Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup three times.

Micho has won three league titles with Ugandan side SC Villa, a league title with Ethiopian giants St. George, and reached the semifinal of the African Champions league in 2006.

He led Sudan’s Al Hilal to the last four of both the Confederation Cup and the African Champions League, proving his ability at club and country level.

Micho took over Rwanda in November 2011, replacing Ghanaian Sellas Tetteh. His biggest achievement with Amavubi was a runners-up spot at the 2011 Cecafa Senior Challenge, the East and Central African regional championship, before he moved back to Uganda, where he started his African football sojourn.

Micho’s Career stats:
Between 1987 and 1994 he played for five clubs (Svoboda Ljubjana, Sindelic Belgrade, Graficar Belgrade, FK Zorka Subotica and FK Pionir Subotica).

Teams Managed:
From 1994 to 2016 Micho managed 12 teams in Europe, but 15 of those years were spent coaching teams in Africa.

Micho has managed FK Palik, FK Spartak Subotica, Yugoslavia U20, FK Hajduk Kula, Villa SC, St. George, Orlando Pirates, Yanga, Al Hilal Omdurman, Rwanda and Uganda.


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