Uganda Cranes coach Micho demands over Shs 200m

Cranes coach Micho demands over Shs 200m
Uganda Cranes coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredejovich. Courtesy Photo.

Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ has asked the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) over Shs 200 million or he quits the job.

Speaking to this publication on Sunday, the Serbian made it clear that he cannot continue to suffer like this when his employers are failing to honour the contract.

“I have not been paid wages for four months now and I am also demanding over Shs 72 million ($20,000) in bonuses,” said a bitter Sredojevic.

On Saturday the coach guided Uganda to qualification for the final phase of the 2018 Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) after a 5-1 win over South Sudan at the Philip Omondi stadium in Kampala. Sredojevic is paid slightly over Shs 43 million ($12,000) every month besides the other expenses paid for by FUFA.

But the tactician said after the game that he will make a decision on whether to leave or stay in the next 48 hours.

“This has been torture working as coach for the Uganda Cranes because they are always in breach of the contract and yet the players think are even paid in advance because I work so hard,” he added.

Sredojevic who broke the jinx by guiding Uganda to the 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) after 38-years of waiting said that he wants peace with Uganda and that should be made by paying all his debts.

“I am ready to remove one shirt as coach of Uganda and leave for another job, but I will remain big supporter because it’s in Uganda where I launched coaching in Africa with Sports Club Villa in 2001,” he explained.

He said he will have a crucial meeting with the FUFA president Moses Magogo to decide his future. Magogo was expected to return last night from Rabat, Morocco where he was attending a CAF symposium.

But the Fufa has communicated that they are yet to get any communication from the coach on his future.

“Fufa will find out officially from Mr Sredojevic his position on the rumours and his future as Uganda Cranes coach on Monday. Thereafter Fufa and the coach will make an official communication on the matter,” stated a communication from the Fufa.

Since taking over as Uganda Cranes coach in 2013 Sredojevic has guided Uganda to qualification for the 2014 and 2016 Africa Nations Championship, 2017 Afcon and winning the 2015 regional Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.