Micho greets Ruhakana Rugunda Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Micho smiles at Lugogo on Saturday Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

There were high expectations from the meeting between Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) top brass officials and the Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic on Monday 24th July, 2017 in Mengo.

Ranking aloft the agenda of the day’s deliberations was the future and commitment for the Serbian born history maker, the architect for Uganda’s return to the continental footballing fiesta – AFCON after 39 years.

FUFA was ably represented by the president Moses Magogo, his vice presidents Justus Mugisha and Darius Mugoye (the trio attended the recently ended CAF symposium) as well as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Edgar Watson.

Bar the officials who graced the meeting, no ‘outsider’ not even the FUFA secretariat staff was allowed in the closed door meeting that lasted for close to 3 hours.

A one sided statement later emerged on the federation website terming the deliberations as ‘constructive’.

“The meeting between the two parties held constructive discussions. Also included in the discussion were the technical aspects of the just concluded 2018 CHAN qualifier match played between Uganda Cranes and South Sudan,” the statement read in part.

[/media-credit] Minister in charge of Kampala Betty Kamya greets Coach Micho prior to the South Sudan game at Lugogo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Key aspects discussed included the past achievements, current and future of the Ugandan football.

One positive that emerged out of the meeting was to allow the FUFA CEO Edgar Watson held private discussions with the agent of the Uganda Cranes Coach Micho over the matters.

The federation has also promised to publicly publish what will arise out of Watson’s meeting with Micho’s agent.

With respect to the contractual obligations, no party was willing to discuss the nitty gritty of the meeting held at the home of football in Uganda.

[/media-credit] Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic at post match press conference after Ghana vs Uganda during the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

Kawowo Sports has however established that coach Micho remains an aggrieved party following arrears of salaries accruing to $ 40,000 for a period of four months.

There are also interested parties  who have been closely monitoring the situation and offered the coach enviable and irresistible bids.

Orlando Pirates, clubs in North Africa and several national teams are praying Micho makes the decision in their favour for his treasured signature.

In an earlier interview with Kawowo Sports, Micho attested having been born in Uganda at Villa Park and can only depart the country honorably.

Particularly, the coach hinted on the act of bidding farewell to friends and foes alike through an official press conference within ’48 hours’ from Saturday, 22nd July 2017.

Over the past days, he condemned the Ugandan media for rushing conclusions and passing judgement.

FUFA has however requested the public to disregard any speculations about this matter linking the coach away from his job.

Kawowo Sports will keep you abreast of the latest developments on the ground.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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