With the dust settling following the resignation of Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic from Uganda Cranes’ job, Ismael Kiyonga has taken a look at the top quotes from the Serbian while in charge of Uganda.
The gaffer resigned officially on July 29, 2017 after more than four years in charge of the 1978 AFCON finalists.
Here are some of the quotes that will forever live with Ugandans from the man that ended a 39 year wait for Cranes to play at AFCON finals.
“Uganda was the first country in Africa that I worked in and your first love stays with you forever. I love and respect the country and feel it is a part of me. [Micho told the press on the day he was unveiled as Uganda Cranes Coach]
My African football dream started in Uganda. And thanks to all good football people, talented players, Ugandan coaches, fans and the administrators that have made me who I am. [Micho showed excitement on return to Uganda when named Cranes Coach]
Even today, the work I am doing is staying alive. When you have a clear vision and strategy like I had for the country with the support I’ve had from the president of the Ugandan FA, Moses Magogo, then nothing is impossible and everything is possible. [Micho on a possibility of Cranes qualifying for the FIFA 2018 World Cup]
I went out of Uganda in 2004 to a football journey that took me across Africa. There I got experience, achieved results, got a network of friends and all that and much more I am bringing back to Uganda my football home ready to be soldier on as a servant of Ugandan football. [Micho on his unveiling in May 2013]
We came here to play three Cup finals – the first we lost on a penalty to Ghana and the second we lost in the last minute on the counter-attack. [On the losses to Ghana and Egypt at Afcon 2017]
Life in Uganda is not easy and problems are a part of peoples’ lives. We are trying our best to make all of them happy, proud and with a sense of identity and belonging. [Micho’s message to the fans on Cranes’ mission in Gabon Afcon 2017]
I want to build a strong side from the youth. I don’t want Uganda to go to the top and come down, I want if we go to the top, we stay there for a long time. We want at least to be in the top 70 ranked teams in the world. [Micho with a message of intent as he replaced Bobby Williamson]
I have not closed the door on any player, especially Herman Wasswa. I have respect for him (Wasswa) and I regard him among the top five finishers have seen in African football for the last fifteen years. [On consistently snubbing Herman Wasswa even when was on form]
He is still very dear to us, we like him; he is playing for us, good guy. What FUFA will do as an institution, it is on them, what he has done behind scenes, I don’t know. [Micho responds to Luwagga Kizito after the midfielder vowed never to play for the national team under the Serb]
We have come after 39 years and paid for the lesson in a hard way. If you lose in a convincing way you accept it, but in this way it is very hard to accept. [Micho after 1-0 loss to Egypt, who scored in the 89th minute in Afcon 2017]
This country has treated me in some of the most unfair ways. In the next 48 hours, I will call a press conference to thank everyone and explain everything. After that, I will not say anything more on the matter. [Micho reacts on allegations that he was resigning moments after Uganda beat South Sudan 5-1]
Against Mali, am I the one to blame again? In the first half, he has chance but fails to shoot, he has situation to pass either to Ochaya or Oloya but he isn’t passing and he wants to stay on the field of play! Even if he is my late father, he can’t stay. I respect Ugandans, I respect all of you. I respect him but he couldn’t continue. [On why he substituted Luwagga against Mali]
I will remember two dates September 4 2016 and January 17, 2018 as Special dates for Uganda Cranes and Uganda as a nation. I thank all the captains I have worked with. Andy Mwesigwa, Geofrey Massa, Dennis Onyango, Tonny Mawejje and many others. Uganda still has a VVIP apartment in my heart. You are still a DNA in my body. [His last message to the Uganda Cranes at a presser he announced his resignation]