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Cranes coach Micho in a rage, denies S.African deal

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Micho gives instructions to Cranes player Geoffrey Massa

Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is not in a good mood if we are to go by the tone of his tweets today.

The rage came after media reports alleged that he was in contact with the South African Football Association [SAFA] to replace their head coach, Shakes Mashaba who is currently on suspension.

The reports said Micho would take over after leading the Cranes at the 2017 African Nations Cup in Gabon in January next year.

Micho who has been coaching Uganda Cranes since 2011, guided the national team to qualification for the 2011 and 2016 African Nations Championships (CHAN), won the 2015 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup and qualified for the 2017 Nations Cup after 38 years.

He has coached SC Villa, the Buccaneers, St. George of Ethiopia, Al Hilal of Sudan and the Rwanda national team.

Micho denies

In a series of tweets Tuesday, Micho distanced himself from the allegations.

“I strongly deny rumours & speculations about linking me with S.Africa due to my unreserved loyalty to Uganda & absolute respect for S.Africa,” he tweeted.

Earlier, Micho had said he was disappointed that less than 10,000 fans turned up for the game against Congo Brazzaville over the weekend even after qualifying for AFCON 2017.

“Support of most Ugandans motivates but arrogance of some make you feel this is World football giant knowing all only 39 years away from AFCON,” he tweeted.

He added: “In dilemma to laugh or cry seeing some UG football experts with words stolen from DSTV & internet trying to convince us of knowing football.”

In September this year, Micho raised dust when he revealed the Federation of Uganda Football Association [FUFA] had not paid his salary and allowances for close to nine months.

When the anger brewed on social media, Fufa came out with a statement on Micho’s outstanding dues in salary, match bonuses and air tickets amounting to Shs235m.

“Fufa indeed owes Milutin Sredojevic unpaid salaries and shares his frustrations over the delay,” Fufa said in a statement.

Fufa’s response came hours after reports that Micho had escalated the case to international football governing body Fifa’s dispute resolution chamber in Zurich.

Fifa, last year, expelled Zimbabwe from the 2018 World Cup qualifying for failing to pay former coach Jose Claudinei Georgini.

Micho too had vowed legal action against his Ugandan employers.

FUFA president Moses Magogo while appearing on NTV’s weekly talk show On the Spot, said that the FUFA was committed to paying Micho and the only reason he has not been paid is because the federation was cash strapped.

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