The Federation of Uganda Football Association has appointed Serbian Milutin Micho Sredojevic as the new Cranes Coach replacing sacked Bobby Williamson.

This was announced at the FUFA press briefing held this Tuesday afternoon at the federation headquarters in Mengo.

Micho has signed a two year renewable contract and will be assisted by Police FC Coach Sam Timbe and Bidco FC tactician Kefa Kisala as first and second assistants respectively while Fred Kajoba retains his job as goal keeping coach.

The former Rwanda Coach beat 27 other interested coaches including five local to the job that fell vacant after Fufa parted ways with Bobby Williamson on April 8.

“After a long process, the federation technical committee zeroed on Micho as the right man for the job”, said Fufa president Lawrence Mulindwa

“We had 27 applicants, then trimmed to 7 and later three from which we picked who we considered Micho as the perfect candidate for the job”, he added.

Mulindwa also added that the federation considered Micho since his knowledge of the Ugandan, regional and Africa game is unrivalled. In addition, the president insists that the Serb is well tested with establishing youth structures and can ably coordinate with local coaches.

“We needed a coach who can work with establishing youth structures; co-ordinates well with local coaches and above all, has vast knowledge for the game”.

Mulindwa is also thanked out going sacked coach Bobby Williamson for his services to the Cranes and wished him luck.

“On behalf of the federation, I also take this opportunity to thank Bobby Williamson for he did a tremendous job for the Cranes but may be things never turned out the way we expected”.

It’s Micho’s second stint in Uganda as a Coach after managing record league champions SC Villa between 2001 and 2004.

While at SC Villa, the Serbian nicknamed ‘Sserunjogi’ by the Villa Park faithful won three league titles and the 2003 Cecafa Kagame Cup for the first time since their first championship in 1987.

“I am delighted to be back in Uganda where my coaching exploits in Africa started”, the smiling Micho said. “I am not a person of promises but hard work defines my job. I won titles with SC Villa, won four consecutive league titles with St. George in Ethiopia, won the Tanzania league with Yanga unbeaten, guided Orlando Pirates to the semi-finals of Confederation Cup, most successful with El-Hilal in Sudan leading them to semi-finals in Caf competitions and has also established the grass root for Rwandan football”.

Micho is a well travelled tactician on the continent having coached Ethiopia’s St. George, Young Africans of Tanzania and also guided South Africa’s Orlando Pirates to the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League. He also guided Sudan’s El Hilal to the CAF Confederation and Champions League semi finals. 

His first assignment will be an away friendly game with Libya in Tripoli on June 1. Before home games against Liberia and later Angola in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers before Cranes play Tanzania in the 2014 CHAN qualifiers.

Meanwhile, the federation has announced a 37 man squad that starts training on Friday for the upcoming encounters with Herman Wasswa, Mike Azira, Israel Emuge the new faces while Henry Kisekka , Robert Odongkara and Martin Mutumba return to them.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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