Today marks exactly one year since Uganda Cranes coach Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic took charge of the Cranes following the sacking of now Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson.
Micho was named Cranes head coach on May 21, 2013 replacing Williamson whose sacking was inevitable after the 2-0 loss to Liberia in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers which kept left the Cranes bottom of the group then.
Though statistics reveal otherwise, Micho says his first year has been predominantly successful despite a few hiccups which he promises to put right in the second year.
“If u ask me if am satisfied in my first year, I will tell you that there are things that we have succeeded but there are things that as a person are really not perfected. Am not satisfied with those things but we are looking to putting those things in line in second year in charge starting with game against Madagascar,” Micho told Kawowo Sports.
In his one year, Micho has been in charge for 21 games eight of which are friendlies. He has won just two out of eight friendly games, lost five and drew once but the Serb believes that those games have been equally important to the team and feels that can be attributed to be a success.
“We have benefited in the friendly matches because we have put the mileage in the legs of our players,” Micho asserts.
The ex-Rwanda national team coach adds that during his first year reign, Cranes went to CECAFA with 85% of developmental squad unlike previous years where they fielded a strong side. Nevertheless, the team failed to go past the quarter finals for the first time in five years.
“We could also go to CECAFA unlike the situation in previous years with full competitive squad. We had 85% of the development squad mostly from CHAN and only three or four players that have been assessed from different angles kind of Aucho,” adds Micho.
The Serb also feels that qualification to CHAN was a big success and believes the Cranes gave a better account of themselves despite failing to jump the group hurdle as in the previous edition.
“We qualified for CHAN by beating Tanzania and then our intention at the finals was to improve on our previous record something we did achieve though it was unfortunate we couldn’t go past the group,” he said before adding that; “This time round, we won a match and got four points and scored three goals from open play.”
Micho further went on to say that under him, Cranes revived their 2014 World Cup campaign which had faded under Bobby.
“We revived World Cup campaign having last game against Senegal as decider for group winners,” he boosted.
It should be noted that before he took charge, Cranes had just two points from three games but went on to win two of the three remaining fixtures and lost just the last to eventual group winners Senegal.
On his ambitions as he embarks on a second year, Micho says that he is striving to put Ugandan football at a level we all wish it to be.
“We are entering the second year with huge ambition in the most important competition called AFCON. We are looking behind us and we hope to start with a good result and performance against Madagascar and then take step by step in the right direction.”
According To Micho, Below Are His Achievements in His First Year
1 – We revived World Cup campaign having last game against Senegal as decider for group winners.
2 – We qualified for CHAN beating Tanzania
3 – I have given mileage to many players during this period through friendlies
Games Since Micho Took Over As Coach (Compiled By Daily Monitor)
2015 AFCON QUALIFIERS
May 18, 2014: Madagascar 2-1 Uganda
2014 CHAN, SOUTH AFRICA
Jan 20: Morocco 3-1 Uganda
Jan 16: Zimbabwe 0-0 Uganda
Jan 12: Uganda 2-1 Burkina Faso
2013 CECAFA, KENYA
Dec 7: Uganda 2–2 (2–3 p) Tanzania, Quarterfinals
Dec 5: Uganda 1-0 Sudan
Dec 2: Eritrea 0–3 Uganda
Nov 29: Uganda 1-0 Rwanda
2014 WC QUALIFIERS
September 7: Senegal 1-0 Uganda
June 15: Uganda 2-1 Angola
June 8: Uganda 1-0 Liberia
March 5, 2014: Zambia 2-1 Uganda
Jan 2: Uganda 3-0 Mauritania
Nov 16, 2013: Rwanda 0-0 Uganda
Oct 2: Egypt 3-1 Uganda
Sept 30: Egypt 2-0 Uganda
Aug 31: Botswana 1-3 Uganda
Aug 14: Egypt 3-0 Uganda
June 2: Libya 3-0 Uganda
2014 CHAN QUALIFIERS
July 27, 2013: Uganda 3-1 Tanzania
July 13: Tanzania 0-1 Uganda