Milutin Sredojević, a Serbian football coach and former player who manages the Ugandan national team, says the national team, The Cranes, will now be playing with “the big boys” of the African continent.
Speaking to NTV last evening, Micho said he wished for Uganda Cranes to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON] to be held in Gabon and remain a big nation in the competition.
“Responsibility was very much on our shoulders but all the prayers and from friends of Uganda have made us qualify,” he said.
He added: “I believe in my players who have had some international experience.”
Micho led the Cranes to victory at Namboole against Comoros in Group D, putting smiles on millions of Ugandans’ faces.
Micho says he first heard about a country called Uganda in 1978.
He calls this a “special year thus for me”, noting that qualifying for AFCON is big.
“It means we are now playing the big boys. We have to be ready. We shall not be just participants in AFCON.”
He promised that the team will train harder and have more friendlies.
“Ahead of World Cup, we have to get the best possible results. Possible is everything and impossible is nothing.”
The third round of CAF matches for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification will be played from 3 October 2016 to 14 November 2017.
A total of 20 teams which advanced from the second round will be drawn into five groups of four teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches.
The winners of each group will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Uganda will be facing Ghana, Egypt and Congo in Group E.
On 1 November 2011, Sredojević was unveiled as the new head coach of the Rwanda national team.
He was fired on 17 April 2013.
He became manager of Uganda in May 2013.